(UK, 2013) Directed by Stephen Frears. Screenplay by Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope, based on the book by Martin Sixsmith.
Cast: Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Ruth McCabe.
Back in the not-so-long-ago days in Ireland, a young girl who got pregnant often landed up working for her keep in laundries run by orders of nuns, never to see the child again. This is the starting point for Philomena Lee, but it is far from the end of her courageous (and true) story. Now in her feistier 70s, Philomena - in a brilliant performance by Judi Dench - teams up with a moody British journalist (Steve Coogan) on a quest to find her son. Directed by Stephen Frears (My Beautiful Laundrette, High Fidelity, The Queen) as part detective story and part unlikely road movie, Philomena radiates with uncommon humor and forgiveness.
"At its core, this clever, wrenching, profound story underscores the tenacity of faith in the face of unfathomable cruelty."
- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post.