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Judi Dench and Steve Coogan play unlikely friends in PHILOMENA, the moving, funny and at times shocking true story of one woman's search for a lost son. Falling pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena was sent to the convent of Roscrea to be looked after as a "fallen woman". When her baby was only a toddler, he was taken away by the nuns for adoption in America. Philomena spent the next fifty years searching for him but with no success. Then she met Martin Sixsmith, a world-weary political journalist who happened to be intrigued by her story. Together they set off to America on a journey that would not only reveal the extraordinary story of Philomena's son, but also create an unexpectedly close bond between Philomena and Martin. The film is a compelling narrative of human love and loss that ultimately celebrates life, showing that there is laughter even in the darkest places.
Writer: Steve Coogan , Jeff Pope
Producer: Steve Coogan , Tracey Seaward , Gabrielle Tana
Director of Photography: Robbie Ryan
Editor: Valerio Bonelli
Production Design: Alan MacDonald
Supervising Art Director: Rod McLean
YOUR REVIEWS HAVE YOUR SAY
Funny and sad and not too sentimental. Both actors are great in their roles and the story tugs at your heart strings. I didn't expect to be so impressed! Go and see it .........Posted by Surinder at 18:53, 22 Nov 2013
Excellent And Very Thought Provoking
Dame Judi Dench played the part beautifully. Steve Coogan was excellent as the journalist. A powerful true story, a film everyone should see.Posted by Terri Foster at 16:07, 14 Nov 2013
why Judi DENCH?
Surely there are other actresses apart from Judi Dench who could have played the part. I WOULD HAVE THOUGHT THAT dAME jUDI earns enough money without taking part in every British film that occurs.Posted by Jackie G. at 15:27, 11 Nov 2013