Number of Times Seen – 1 (10 Feb 2014)
Brief Synopsis – A elderly Irish woman seeks the help of a journalist to find her lost long son who she gave up for adoption 50 years earlier.
My Take on it – This was a very good film.
I enjoyed many aspects of it.
The acting was very heart-felt. I’m use to Steve Coogan being a comedian, but he was excellent here in a straight role. Judi Dench is also loveable and she did a good job of portraying all of the anguish and torment that Philomena went through for 50 years, but also showed her innocence in a lovely way. (The scene at breakfast in the hotel is hilarious)
Director Steven Frears does a nice job juggling all of the contrasting themes here and ultimately gives us a very enjoyable movie. This movie is part mystery, part a story about finding your true self, part a story about faith or lack of it and also finds ways to subtly condemn the Catholics Nuns of Ireland and the Reagan administration for wrongs they may have committed.
There are numerous aspects of this story that we would probably see as being impossible if we didn’t know that it is based on true events and that those “coincidences” are documented.
This rightfully stands among the 2013 Oscar Best Picture nominees (even though it has no chance of winning).
Bottom Line – Very moving story that would be much more unbelievable if we didn’t know it was true. Acting is superb and the message of the movie is clear. Powerful story but still lacks an emotional connect that feels missing along the way. Highly recommended!
Rating – Oscar Worthy
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