Drama | English | 98 minutes
English journalist, Martin Sixsmith, is persuaded by the daughter of Philomena Lee, to write a human-interestt story of her mother’s tragic life. In 1951, 18-year-old Philomena became pregnant by a man she hardly knew. Philomena’s parents, shamed by her condition, send her to the Sean Ross Abbey in Roscrea, Ireland, which cares for unwed mothers. Philomena is forced to work brutal hours in the convent laundry. Philomena has little contact with her son. When her four-year-old, son, now named Andrew, is sold to an American couple for 1,000 pounds, Philomena is not allowed to say goodbye. Years later, Martin convinces Philomena that, with his help, he will locate Andrew. Martin is not deterred when his search runs into roadblocks set by the nuns who refuse to cooperate. Sister Hildegarde McNulty, justifying Philomena’s plight, stated that “losing her son was Philomena’s penance for having sex out of wedlock.”
Why Stream This Film?
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 91%
- Metacritic Score: 77
- Academy Awards:
Nominated, Best Motion Picture; Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Judi Dench); Best Screenplay (Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope)
BAFTA Awards: Winner, Best Adapted Screenplay (Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope), Nominated, Best Film; Best Leading Actress (Judi Dench)
Golden Globe Awards: Nominated, Best Motion Picture – Drama; Best Performance by an Actress – Drama (Judi Dench); Best Screenplay (Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope)
New York Film Critics: Listed, Top Ten Films of the Year
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PHILOMENA is not only my favorite film of 2013, but one of the most eloquent, powerful and perfect movies I have ever seen.
PHILOMENA has many facets. It is a comedic road movie, a detective story, an infuriated anticlerical screed, and an inquiry into faith and the limitations of reason, all rolled together.
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