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Philomena (2013)

Philomena

Overview


Genre

Drama, Comedy

Release Date

November 22, 2013 (Limited)

MPAA Rating

PG-13

Duration

94 min.

Studio

The Weinstein Company

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Go! Watch this movie. You'll regret if not seeing it.    Readers  5 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Director

Stephen Frears

Producer

Steve Coogan, Gabrielle Tana, Tracey Seaward

Screenwriter

Steve Coogan, Jeff Pope

Starring

  • Judi Dench as Philomena Lee
  • Steve Coogan as Martin Sixsmith
  • Sophie Kennedy Clark
  • Sean Mahon
  • Simone Lahbib
  • Neve Gachev
  • Charlie Murphy
  • Charles Edwards
  • Xavier Atkins

Story


Philomena is the true story of one mother's search for her lost son.

Falling pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena was sent to the convent of Roscrea to be looked after as a "fallen woman". When her baby was only a toddler, he was taken away by the nuns for adoption in America. Philomena spent the next fifty years searching for him in vain.

Then she met Martin Sixsmith, a world-weary political journalist who happened to be intrigued by her story. Together they set off for America on a journey that would not only reveal the extraordinary story of Philomena's son, but also create an unexpectedly close bond between them.

The film is a compelling narrative of human love and loss and ultimately celebrates life. It is both funny and sad and concerns two very different people, at different stages of their lives, who help each other and show that there is laughter even in the darkest places.

Pictures (16 photos)


Judi Dench stars as Philomena Lee and Steve Coogan stars as Martin Sixsmith in The Weinstein Company's Philomena (2013)
A scene from The Weinstein Company's Philomena (2013)

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PREMIERE PHOTO

Judi Dench, Philomena Lee
57th BFI London Film Festival - Philomena Film Premiere - Arrivals
Oct 16, 2013
Judi Dench, Philomena Lee
57th BFI London Film Festival - Philomena Film Premiere - Arrivals
Oct 16, 2013

REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..superbly directed, powerfully emotional British drama with a witty, warm-hearted script and a pair of pitch-perfect performances from Judi Dench and Steve Coogan..”
by Matthew Turner [ViewLondon]
“..wonderfully moving and funny, Philomena is one of the year's most memorable films, with Dench and Coogan delivering tears and laughter in abundance..”
by Mark Adams [Daily Mirror]
“..touching, witty and always absorbing..”
by Deborah Young [Hollywood Reporter]