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A sensitive and provocative portrayal of a real life story,
This review is from: Philomena [DVD] (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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Initial post: 22 Jul 2014 17:24:27 BDT
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Dave G says:
I agree... 'Jude' is a 'Piece of work!', as evidenced by the comments on her own review. A truly odious, hateful, entrenched person!!
Posted on 11 Aug 2014 19:14:31 BDT
I have also read the book and then bought the DVD which I have just watched and reviewed. I think the film has been produced very sympathetically and true to the story, the real life story of Philomena. It just tells the truth and I can't see anything 'Hollywoody' in the film. It just tells the truth and it is in way 'anti-Catholic propaganda' and I also find it appalling that one particular reviewer should be so critical. As I said in my short review the film is excellent and both Judi Dench as Philomena and Steve Coogan as Martin Sixsmith are oustanding. Shame on you 'Jude' for being such a bigot.
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