Director: Stephen Frears
Cast: Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Ruth McCabe, Anna Maxwell Martin, Sophie Kennedy Clark
Country of Origin: UK, USA, France 2013 98 mins.
BAFTA winning Best Adapted Screenplay, Jeff Pope and Steve Coogan. Nominated BAFTA 2013 Awards Best Film, Outstanding British Film, Best Leading Actress Judi Dench. 2013 Academy Awards Nominations, Best Motion Picture, Best Leading Actress Judi Dench, Best Adapted Screenplay Jeff Pope and Steve Coogan, Best Original Score Alexandre Desplat. Winner London Critics Circle British Actress of the Year Judi Dench. British Independent Film Awards 2013 Nominations Best British Independent Film, Best Actress Judi Dench, Best Actor Steve Coogan, Best Screenplay Jeff Pope and Steve Coogan. Winner Best Screenplay award 2013 Venice Film Festival for Jeff Pope and Steve Coogan.
Released by PATHE
'Emotional, intelligent and profound, funny and heartfelt. An extraordinary movie.'
Philomena Lee (Judi Dench) pregnant in Ireland in 1952 was sent to a convent in Roscrea, County Tipperary to be 'cared for' by the nuns. Shortly after she saw the nuns hand over her baby to a mystery couple for adoption. Philomena spent the next fifty years searching for him in vain.
Fate can play a strange game. Martin Sixsmith, ex-BBC Foreign Correspondent, ex-spin doctor met Philomena's daughter at a party and reluctantly agreed to a meeting.
'I just want to talk to you about my son. He was taken from me, and I've been looking for him ever since'.
So began a remarkable journey that revealed the extraordinary story of Philomena’s son and the powerful relationship that grew up between Philomena and Martin Sixsmith.
The cast deliver an intelligent, heart felt story that's profoundly moving. Judi Dench is magnificent, Sophie kennedy Clark as the young Philomena brings tears to the eyes as she glimpses her son for the last time and Stever Coogan who co-wrote the award winning screenplay with Jeff Pope portrays Martin Sixsmith with ease and conviction.
'Like floating on air...I thought something that feels so good must be wrong', what a line from a woman who'd been refused pain killers during her breech birth as penance for her indecency but has forgiveness and generosity in her heart.
Heartfelt, poignant, funny and a profoundly moving film.