Director: Stephen Frears
Starring: Dame Judi Dench, Steve Coogan
Philomena Lee (Dame Judi Dench) was an innocent young Irish girl in the Fifties whose only mistake was to have unprotected sex. The resultant pregnancy left her disowned by her family and at the mercy of the sisters at the Roscrea convent. Required to work seven days per week in the notorious laundries her son is taken away her never to be seen again. On his 50th birthday she shares her long kept secret with her daughter. Martin Sixsmith (Steve Coogan) plays former BBC journalist and disgraced spin doctor in need of a new project. A chance meeting with Philomena’s daughter brings him an invitation to investigate her mother’s case. Poles apart delve into the past which brings them together as they discover more and more surprises. This is based on a true story, infused with a righteous anger, about the cruelty and injustice at the heart of the Catholic Church. A real cracker of a movie and likely to bring an Oscar nomination for Dench. Coogan who co scripted and co produced the movie gives his best on screen performance (imo) to date. A fantastic piece of storytelling which necessitates watching the movie with a box of paper hankies . You will need them whether you laugh or cry. Well worth seeing.