Philomena- A Film Transcending The Deepest of Human Emotions


Judi Dench and Steve Coogan in Philomena

Judi Dench and Steve Coogan in Philomena

I saw this film yesterday and I am still thinking  about it. The story it is based on is true which has greater impact on my thoughts and emotions .   The film is based on the story of Philomena Lee who  got pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in the early 1950’s out of wedlock and was sent to a convent.  There she gave birth.  She was basically indentured to servitude to the nuns as her son was cared for there and she lived on site.

She was allowed to see her son for one hour a day.

The nuns were ultra disciplinarian and had that self righteous non-forgiving attitude towards the girls, badgering them about their loss of chastity all the time.One day,  Philomena’s son was forcibly taken away from her and was put up for adoption when he was three years old. That was the practice and we later find out in the film that it had even darker elements.

Fifty years later, Philomena is searching for her son and a discredited political journalist named, Martin,  decides to assist her to get the story.  Their journey to find her son takes them on a quest that unravels institutions, exposes horrible practices, tests faith and brings them across to another continent. It also shows how forgiveness can occur even in the most evil of offenses.

The film used humor, sadness, happiness , anger, to wonder and admiration for Philomena to move me skillfully from opening scene to the fade out of the closing scene. I felt like I experienced the film.

Judi Dench, turns in a stellar performance as Pilomena and is worthy of every available award nomination given to an actress on the planet. He talent is just amazing.

Judi Dench in Philomena

Judi Dench in Philomena

Steve Coogan, is also pitch perfect as Martin Sixsmith, a man scarred by a the realities and dirtiness of political life, the ruthlessness of journalism and his non-belief in God.  Yet he finds companionship and humanity through his journey with Philomena.

We do, too.

This is a must see movie.  It is simply great film.

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2 thoughts on “Philomena- A Film Transcending The Deepest of Human Emotions

  1. I don’t know why, but I really did not like this movie. The message is important and people should pay more attention to it, but I feel like that’s all this movie is. With the inclusion of some lovely wise-cracks form the Coogs. Then again though, who doesn’t enjoy them? Good review.

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