Judy Dench is known for her regal performances depicting queens. This may be her most complex role as she plays a average woman with unlikely depth and reserve of strength telling of a mother’s undying love. This film is based on the true story in the 2009 book by BBC correspondent Martin Sixsmith The Lost Child of Philomena Lee-50 year search for her son.
The convent in Ireland is a focal point of the story, but though there is injustice depicted, I don’t feel that it is either anti- Catholic or anti- Christianity. The real Philomena was anxious that it not be. She, with all she has endured in her life, is today a proud, conservative Catholic.
This true story is about an elderly Irish woman searching for the toddler son she gave up for adoption as an unwed teen living in a convent in Ireland. Philomena’s story took a lifetime and it will touch your heart.
Dench and Steve Coogan are absolutely enchanting together. There is conflict because of intellect, faith and class between the two but it is convincing as almost a mother and son road trip. And there is the most amazing comedic chemistry as they travel together. You will laugh at their amazing timing, their character development and the story. The story twists and turns, is tragic, compelling, painful , and real!
My architect likes “guy” movies filled with car chases and things getting blown up, and not relationships. Last Saturday, surprisingly he agreed to see Philomena. At the end, he said, no kidding…..”that was really good!”
Here is the official trailer and a good depiction of the story. I don’t think you will be disappointed.
This Is a Really Good Film! * * * * * (5 * out of 6 *)
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