Biography / Drama

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 92%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 89%
IMDb Rating 7.6 10 87,995


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Charlie Murphy as Sarah
Judi Dench as Miss Rocholl
Michelle Fairley as Cassius
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98 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by johnmcc150 9 / 10 / 10

Much more subtle and interesting than I predicted

The film starts with the message that it is based on true events. Although you might wonder what was changed for the film, you soon forget that and accept it as a whole. In short it was brilliant. It could have been a predictable story but instead it had other dimensions and took unexpected directions with strong characters and some humour. I thought I knew an outline beforehand and was pleasantly surprised when that part was covered in the first twenty minutes. It was intriguing where the story would take us and that happened a few more times later. In addition to Philomena's journey, there was also Martin Sixsmith's journey from the beginning as just a detached journalist doing a human interest story on someone, whom he thought was beneath him, to being totally involved and offering not to publish it. To illustrate the depths of this film you can see how it attacks cruel, narrow-minded, sanctimonious Catholicism and at the same time shows how the faith gave strength to Philomena and the ability to forgive rather than to wreak vengeance. The acting was totally convincing. It is going to be a competitive year but Judy must be up for another Oscar. Just watching Steve Coogan's almost imperceptible expressions of irritation as Philomena told him the interminable plot of the book she had just been reading, was wonderful. This is definitely the best film I have seen all year. After writing this I read the interview with Martin Sixsmith on the Guardian web-site. It fills in more detail about Michael Hess (Anthony Lee) but confirms the whole truth of the story.

Reviewed by PeaceGuard 9 / 10 / 10

It's a solid movie with a bit of moral controversy near the end

What I mean by moral controversy is part in which Philomena forgives the last living nun from her times the atrocities that she's responsible for, giving "a good Christian example". The problem is it's nowhere near a good example. In the end she decides that the story of her life should be published which obviously is the only right choice, but the sole fact of doubting it wrong. Just the same as we would not want any pedophilia case to be covered, we would not want the same to happen with practices from this movie that involved conscious murder by negligence (at childbirth and others), human trafficking, virtually slavery, covering up all of these, which relates not only to the past, but also to the present part of the film's storyline. For every such incident that will successfully get covered, another one will be enabled somewhere else. Just the same as the recent exposing of sexual harassment leads to less incidence of it in the future. Also, let's remember it's far from only about Philomena. She has no right to make a decision about tens of women and children only by herself. She's only one of many. What happened there is a wide practice regarding multiple individuals, including many who cannot make a decision for themselves (about potential forgiveness), because their dead and even if all would, it's still a matter of state interest, because it's about the TRUTH and PREVENTION.

Reviewed by svikasha 9 / 10 / 10

An Incredible Film About Class and Social Pressure

In the opening scenes of "Philomena", the audience witnesses a sweet old lady by the same name narrate to a well-wisher that she just got a hip replacement in a glorious Irish accent. At first glance, Philomena appears to be a normal old lady but she has kept a rather large secret buried within her for most of her life. She is seen lighting a Catholic candle at a church for an undisclosed person. Through a series of clever flashbacks, it is revealed that the person Philomena is lighting a candle for is her son. Philomena, like many naïve young girls, got pregnant by accident as a teenager in the 50's. Her son was taken from her by the nunnery in which she resided and he was sent to America. All she had left to remember him by was a picture taken as a toddler. She couldn't help but long to see her son and wonder if he ever thought of his birthplace of Ireland. Martin Sixsmith then enters the picture. Martin is an arrogant writer who had somehow managed to quickly rise through the ranks of politics and is dismissed just as fast. Seeking to get his mind of his political career, Martin seeks out a story and ends up encountering Philomena and agreeing to help her find her long lost son. He goes back with Philomena to the nunnery she was raised in. As the main characters observe the ages on the tombstones, they can't help but notice that the majority of the graves were for young women, some as young as 14. They all died in childbirth. "'Philomena" will easily be remembered as one of the most powerful films of 2013. The movie is a clever presentation of the complex nature between religion and class as well as social pressure. Martin attempts to confront the nun responsible for taking away Philomena's son. This same woman refused to provide proper medical care to pregnant girls to punish them for their perceived sin. She also intentionally separated countless other families and loved ones and did everything in her power to keep these people apart during her lifetime. While the old religious lady versus the young atheist is cliché, in this movie it is tastefully done. Martin fights the nun and the system that takes children away from their mothers the only way a writer knows how: through writing. One must give credit to the acting performances of the two leads Judi Dench of James Bond royalty and Steve Coogan in the film. The remarkable chemistry between the two leads in the film helps the narrative progress in an entertaining manner without detracting from the raw power of the story. But suffice it to say, the twist at the end will leave you stunned. Philomena is a thoughtful and provocative film that is based on a true story. In 2009, the real-life Martin Sixsmith published "The Lost Child of Philomena Lee" in 2009. Thousands more adopted Irish children and their 'shamed' mothers are still trying to find each other. Philomena Lee today lives in the south of England with her other children and grandchildren. The film "Philomena" is about the old woman and Martin's quest to find her lost son.

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