Philomena

Philomena

DVD - 2013
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"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."

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mr_chocolate
Oct 31, 2017

Recently saw this for the first time and my partner and I (her second time), really thought it was well done. Good acting and heart wrenching story based on fact. End of the film has some added updates, with real pictures of Philomena and the reporter, which is nice touch.

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lekrasky
Apr 21, 2017

Good movie! Definitely not a comedy, more a thought-provoking drama. I would rent it again.

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Nooksack20
Feb 05, 2017

Absolutely delightful movie. Highly recommend it for all ages.

AL_TIEGAN Dec 12, 2016

In college, I took a class on the history of Ireland. For our final paper we had a choice of movie to watch that focused on a specific historical event we had talked about in class. Philomena was the movie I chose. I thought this movie was beautiful. It was heartbreaking to realize the actuality of the events - nuns taking in young, pregnant, unwed women, putting them to work, and adopting their children out to American families without the consent of the mothers or even telling them what happened to their children. The women were forced to work for "selfless" service of the nuns in helping them during a difficult situation - they were kept prisoner and forced to complete awful work for years, while they also lost their children.

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clarap
Sep 19, 2016

Excellent movie, well acted. Shows how things have changed from 50 years ago. Out of wedlock children are no longer shunned, but accepted. Mothers love never ceases, despite the situation she is in. Hence she travels continents and goes to places where she is not welcome to find her son. Well worth the watch, truly enjoyed the movie.

AL_ZOEY Aug 25, 2016

A great movie that uses every tool at its disposal to tell a great story.

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 03, 2016

A heartbreaking story with two really excellent leads, Philomena feels more like a made-for-tv movie than an Academy Award-nominated film. That's not a bad thing; it's a really good Lifetime movie. It just didn't strike me as Oscar material.

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twzrhd
Apr 06, 2016

Enjoyable movie. Great performance by Judi Dench and Steve Coogan.

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MissCleo24
Mar 06, 2016

Very good, heart warming movie!

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rmyre
Nov 29, 2015

One of the best movies I've seen. Extremely well written and acted. True story.

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AL_ZOEY Aug 26, 2016

(After Martin and Philomena's first day in America: Martin on phone with wife)

Kate: How is Philomena?
Martin: Well, I've finally seen firsthand what a lifetime's diet of the Reader's Digest, The Daily Mail, and romantic fiction could do to a person's brain.
Kate laughs
Martin: She keeps telling the hotel staff how kind they are. She must think they're volunteers. She told four people today that they're all one in a million. What are the chances of that?
Kate: Oh, come on. She's just a little old Irish lady.

AL_ZOEY Aug 26, 2016

(When Martin meets Philomena and daughter to hear the full story:)

Jane: I think what they did to you was evil.
Philomena: No, no. I don't like that word.
Martin: No, no. Evil's good. Story-wise, I mean.
Philomena: Some of the nuns were very nice.
Jane: It was a breech birth. They wouldn't even give her any painkillers.
Martin: Excellent. Again, story-wise.

AL_ZOEY Aug 26, 2016

(When Martin is first approached with Philomena's story:)

Martin: Well, uh, the thing is, I'm working on a book at the moment, about Russian history, 'cause that's my thing. And what you're talking about would be what they call a human interest story. And that's...I don't do those.
Philomena's daughter: Why not?
Martin: Because "human interest story" is a euphemism for stories about weak-minded, vulnerable, ignorant people, uh, to fill in newspapers read by vulnerable, weak-minded, ignorant people. Not that you are. And...yeah.

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shelly0269
Nov 14, 2015

you are a journalist - well i used to be, hes a Roman catholic, well i used to be!

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jimg2000
Oct 14, 2014

A comic exchange (adult humor):
Martin: I was just admiring your picture of Jayne Mansfield there.
Nun: No, that's Jane Russell. Jayne Mansfield was the blonde one.
Martin: Yes, of course, yes. But they were both very big ... I mean the two of them ... they were huge ... Their careers.

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jimg2000
Oct 13, 2014

Many more from IMDb:

Martin: The end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.
Philomena: That's lovely, Martin. Did you just think of that?
Martin: No, it's T.S. Eliot

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britprincess1
Mar 31, 2014

"I did not abandon my child; he was taken away from me."

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britprincess1
Mar 31, 2014

"You said you wanted to visit the Lincoln Memorial." "We could go and see Mr. Lincoln or we could watch on television 'Big Momma's House'. It's about a little black man pretending to be a fat black lady. They just showed some of it on the television and they're all chasing after him. It looked hilarious, Martin!"

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britprincess1
Mar 31, 2014

"Must have been terrible, having to keep it a secret his whole life."

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szarnstorff
Oct 01, 2016

The DVD was much better than the book. I usually don't say that! Interesting period of history about unwed moms sent to Catholic nuns. Punished for sins. Hard work for 3 years with children than children taken away and adopted against mothers wishes. Big money conflict in Ireland between govt. and church. Psalm 103 He knew me in my mother's womb.

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