Philomena

Judi Dench's portrayal...is so quietly moving that it feels lit from within.

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Philomena

Based on the 2009 investigative book by BBC correspondent Martin Sixsmith, The Lost Child of Philomena Lee, PHILOMENA focuses on the efforts of Philomena Lee (Dench), mother to a boy conceived out of wedlock—something her Irish-Catholic community didn’t have the highest opinion of—and given away for adoption in the United States. In following church doctrine, she was forced to sign a contract that wouldn’t allow for any sort of inquiry into the son’s whereabouts. After starting a family years later in England and, for the most part, moving on with her life, Lee meets Sixsmith (Coogan), a BBC reporter with whom she decides to discover her long-lost son.

An Oscar nominee for Best Picture, Actress, Score and Adapted Screenplay.

Three Golden Globe Nominations
Best Motion Picture - Drama
Best Performance by an Actress - Drama - Judi Dench
Best Screenplay
Genre
Drama
Runtime
95
Language
English
Director
Stephen Frears
Cast
Judi Dench, Steve Coogan
FEATURED REVIEW
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

On the job for 55 years, Judi Dench elevates everything she does, from M in the James Bond epics to the less intimidating but equally determined "little old Irish lady" who's the title character in "Philomena." Dench is not the only reason to see this unapologetic crowd-pleaser, but she is the best ...

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