Philomena

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Released 2013

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Director:
Stephen Frears
Released:
2013
Rating:
PG-13
Pregnant, unmarried teenagers were not well-regarded in Philomena Lee's 1950's Irish Catholic community in England. Forced to give her son up for adoption in the United States, Philomena (Academy Award-Winner Judi Dench) was also made to sign a contract forbidding her from any inquiry into his whereabouts. Years later, after starting a family in England and for the most part moving on with her life, Lee meets Sixsmith (Steve Coogan of TROPIC THUNDER), a BBC reporter with whom she decides to journey to America to finally discover her long-lost son. Based on the 2009 investigative book by BBC correspondent Martin Sixsmith, "The Lost Child of Philomena Lee," PHILOMENA takes you along on that emotional trip.

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  • 80

    The Guardian Xan Brooks

    Its main focus is the sparky, shifting relationship between its two protagonists and its trump card the startling chemistry between its two main stars.

  • 80

    The Telegraph Robbie Collin

    This is a heartbreaking story – how could it not be? But Frears' film breaks your heart and then repairs it.

  • 80

    Time Out London Dave Calhoun

    It's a terrifically moving film that has a fitting earthbound feel to it.

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