Philomena 2013

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Based on the 2009 investigative book by BBC correspondent Martin Sixsmith, The Lost Child of Philomena Lee, PHILOMENA focuses on the efforts of Philomena Lee (Dench), mother to a boy conceived out of wedlock.

Starring:
Judi Dench, Mare Winningham
Runtime:
1 hour 37 minutes

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Philomena

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Product Details

Genres Drama
Director Stephen Frears
Starring Judi Dench, Mare Winningham
Supporting actors Simone Lahbib, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Steve Coogan
Studio FOX
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Joyce on 17 Feb 2014
Format: DVD
I feel I have to respond to Jude's profoundly offensive review of Philomena. Having read Martin Sixsmith's book and watched the film upon which it is based, I am frankly appalled that anybody should dismiss the film as a 'pile of pathetic anti-Catholic propaganda'. If the reviewer could bear to accept that the story is based on fact s/he would surely acknowledge, as many Catholics do, that the church has a case to answer, not least for its systemic cruelty to young women in its care and its wilful denial of information to those to whom it could have brought such comfort. The film reveals a simple but thwarted journey of discovery, albeit one that does raise issues regarding the past conduct on the part of the Catholic Church. Personally, I thought the performances of Coogan and Dench to be world class: but that, perhaps, is a matter of taste. However I am at a loss to understand the relevance of the utterly gratuitous reference to children being incinerated, and I am baffled by the abusive concluding reference to Philomena herself: …'full of hate'. The real life Philomena, as portrayed in the film and in real life, is a gentle and compassionate soul: unlike, by all accounts, the callous bigot calling her/himself Jude.
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86 of 97 people found the following review helpful By Zoonie TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 7 Nov 2013
Format: DVD
If I were C.E.O. of Kleenex or any other paper hankie manufacturer, I would get my name down as a sponsor of this film! The fact that the poignancy of the story is lightened by moments of laughter somehow makes it all the more real, but then it is a true story.
I have always admired Judi Dench (as has everyone else) and now I have a new-found respect for Steve Coogan who is not only a superb actor but who also collaborated on the moving, subtle, tragic, comic, life-affirming script.
(A special warning to mothers everywhere......do not wear mascara to see this one! )
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Martin Lynch on 3 Jun 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
If you think Alan Partridge, sorry Steve Coogan is a bit of a twonk and don't like his acting then imagine you have never seen him before, buy the film because you know Judi Dench is the best actress in the UK and you will smile from ear to ear witnessing great chemistry between the two. The true story is one that had to be told and if it doesn't bring a tear to you eye you are probably not human. A classic. Also see "About Time".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 Mar 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Martin Sixsmith (Steve Coogan) has lost his faith and worse, his job. While at a party he meets a woman who tells him of a human interest story. Martin claims they are for "weak minded, vulnerable, ignorant people" but agrees to do it anyway. Philomena (Judi Dench) is an old Irish woman of faith. As a teen, she was forced to give up her illegitimate child for adoption, God's punishment and her penitence for her carnal sin. After 50 years of silence she wants to go look for him.

Our odd couple teams up and discovers the church operated "A Modest Proposal" and sold off the children to rich American Catholics which leads them to the US.

The film has emotional ups and downs but they were not exceeding high or low. Judi Dench is an automatic 5 stars (sorry my prejudice) and gave us a believable performance of a woman who is coming to terms with her actions and faith. There is some religious discussion, but mostly on the role of the Catholic Church and how it conducted its business. Only light theological discussions.

Martin initially sees Philomena as one of those weak minded people, but later discovers she has strengths he does not.

An excellent film that would have garnered more recognition had it come out in a different year.

1 Proper English F-bomb. 2 Irish F-bombs.
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55 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. Datta on 13 Nov 2013
Format: DVD
Philomena is inspired by a true story. It is about a disgraced government adviser Martin Sixsmith. He lost his job due to a serious matter. He becomes a journalist again, as he previously worked for the BBC. Immediately, he gets involved in a story depsite inital reluctance. It concerns Philomena an Irish lady, who kept a dark secret for 50 years. Philomena was abandoned in a convent as a teenager, as father disowned hearing the news of pregnancy. The conditions the girls endured were absolutely appalling and cruel. She gave birth to a child named Anthony and was cruelly forced to give up son for adoption rights. She could only spend one hour a day with her son. The film embarks on a emotional journey to locate the missing son. Will the journey end in happiness? The real truth behind son disappearance paints a hollowing and disturbing picture of the convent. The film raises serious questions. Will the truth be exposed? Will the convent be made accountable for their cruel acts?

The subject matter raised in the film is serious. There is humour seamlessly blended in the film. Philomena is a feisty character with many wisecracks throughout the film. The audience laughed out. Martin Sixsmith character is well developed. The bonding between the two leading characters is not always great, as there is conflicts on particular matters, but they do get on. The characters are believable and easily connectable, as they feel so real. Academy winner Judi Dench shows why she is an excellent actress. She plays the part of Philomena superbly and flawlessly. Steve Coogan, a comedian has adapted well to serious roles and expanding his repertoire of acting.

Phiomoena is a beautiful, emotional and poignant piece of film making. The British film industry continues to produce quality films. Philomena joins the list. The depth in storyline and characters makes stand out really well. I throughly enjoyed the film.
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