A Wonderful Movie Experience,
This review is from: Philomena [DVD] (DVD)
"Philomena" has already won multiple awards at the Toronto International Film Festival and the Venice Film Festival this year, and created tons of critical buzz in the process. Judi Dench and Steve Coogan have been praised for their fantastic performances, and deservingly so. Not only is this one of the most fun and interesting movies of the year, it also managed to surprise me in every way imaginable.
The film centers on Philomena (Judi Dench), a woman whose son was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent. Martin (Steve Coogan), a struggling journalist, gets wind of her story and decides to help her search for her long-lost son. Their journey together is fascinating, with a fantastic balance of comedy and drama.
With breathtaking cinematography, and Oscar-worthy performances from the leads, I couldn't recommend this film enough. Rated PG-13 for language, "Philomena" is a wonderful movie experience.