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Philomena (2013)

PG-13 | | Biography, Drama | 27 November 2013 (USA)
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A world-weary political journalist picks up the story of a woman's search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent.

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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 32 wins & 76 nominations. See more awards »
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Young Philomena
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Ruth McCabe ...
Mother Barbara
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Pete Olsson
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Michael
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Young Nun
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Sister Anunciata
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Kathleen
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Young Sister Hildegarde
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Storyline

When former journalist Martin Sixsmith is dismissed from the Labour Party in disgrace, he is at a loss as to what do. That changes when a young Irish woman approaches him about a story of her mother, Philomena, who had her son taken away when she was a teenage inmate of a Catholic convent. Martin arranges a magazine assignment about her search for him that eventually leads to America. Along the way, Martin and Philomena discover as much about each other as about her son's fate. Furthermore, both find their basic beliefs challenged. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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The true story of a search for a lost son. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama

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Rated PG-13 on appeal for some strong language, thematic elements and sexual references | See all certifications »

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27 November 2013 (USA)  »

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Filomena  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,509,726 (United Kingdom), 3 November 2013, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$128,435, 22 November 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$37,707,719, 16 May 2014

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$100,112,825, 5 May 2014
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Trivia

Barbara Jefford is Judi Dench's long-time costar in William Shakespeare plays on stage and screen. See more »

Goofs

When the phone rings in Martin's Washington, D.C. hotel room, the ringtone is typical UK, not US: two short rings, which repeat. "Filming Locations" indicate that interior hotel scenes were filmed at the London Marriott Hotel. The sound editor should have changed ringtone. See more »

Quotes

Philomena: I just hope God isn't listening to you.
Martin Sixsmith: Well I don't believe in God, so.
[gestures]
Martin Sixsmith: Look, no thunderbolt.
Philomena: What are you trying to prove?
Martin Sixsmith: Nothing, just that you don't need religion to lead a happy and balanced life.
Philomena: And you're happy and balanced, are you?
Martin Sixsmith: I'm a journalist, Philomena. We ask questions. We don't believe something just because we're told it's the truth. Yet what does the Bible say? "Happy are those who do not see, yet believe." Hooray for blind faith and ignorance.
Philomena: And what do you ...
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Crazy Credits

Real footage of Anthony/Michael is shown at the ending credits See more »

Connections

Features Big Momma's House (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Mother of God Here I Stand
Composed by John Tavener and Mikhail Lermontov
Published by Chester Music Ltd.
By kind permission of Music Sales Creative
Performed by The Tiffin Boys' Choir
Choir Director: Simon Toyne
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Superb storytelling, perfectly balanced tone
22 October 2013 | by See all my reviews

Steve Coogan deserves utmost respect for producing and writing this film. His script is excellent, consistently witty and engaging on the surface whilst spinning many more layers beneath the surface which became unconsciously stirring. Normally with these kinds of films I find the humour becomes contrived, forced or inappropriate, like the writers/director buckle under a need to impress and please the audience. You won't find those jarring moments here - Philomena is expertly judged and balanced. The story itself is fascinating, and again Coogan's script steers clear from overt sentimentality to allow the humanity to speak for itself. A gentle, funny, heartbreaking and unforgettable film. I actually much prefer it to the Kings Speech.


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