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 (email@example.com)
When Ireland's RTE One showed this on St Patrick's Day 2016, they skipped over all of the opening animated co-production partner Production Company Credits that included The Weinstein Company, Pathe, BBC Films, The UK National Lottery, BFI (British Film Institute). Its plausible that this may have been done as a creative broadcasting choice due to such an Irish subject, being co-funded by many British companies, on a day celebrating Irishness, may have caused offence to some. See more »
When Coogan's character is holding the photo of Philomena's boy, and they show a close-up of the photo, it is the same close-up with Philomena's thumb in it, that we saw earlier, not a man's thumb. See more »
How do you feel about that, going to America with Martin?
I, uh, I don't know.
I could come with you if you like.
No no no, you have your work. I'm only worried that Martin would have to go all that way with a daft old woman like me.
I don't think you're daft.
Oh, go away widja.
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Real footage of Anthony/Michael is shown at the ending credits See more »
Real world meets religious malady. A young girl's child is taken from her and fifty years later she enquires about his whereabouts. The catholic church (the very same who protects and nourishes child rapists) thought it a grave sin for a girl to become pregnant out of wedlock and went out of their way to stop her. Her paths are crossed with a shrewd journalist and a voyage of discovery begins.
I found very poignant that two such opposites, in terms of personalities came together. Without this combination this endeavour would have been an exercise in futility. The on screen chemistry of Dench and Coogan is superb where when required each will take the lead and the other will back off to give the space required.
A tragic true story, filled with emotion and conveys the spirit of a torn mother. Philomena is plain utterly lovable.
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