DVD - 2014
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In 1952, a young Philomena was sent to the convent of Roscrea in Ireland after giving birth to her first child. When her son became a toddler, the nuns sent him to America for adoption. Philomena then spent the next fifty years seeking for him in vain.
"Director Steven Frears deserves special mention...."--Chicago Sun-Times
"Judi Dench brings the Irish-born Philomena to life with good humor and dignity. It's a wonderfully memorable performance by one of the acting world's greats."--USA Today
"At its core, this clever, wrenching, profound story underscores the tenacity of faith in the face of unfathomable cruelty."--Washington Post
Audience: OFRB rating: PG
Publisher: [United States] : eOne Films, 2014
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 98 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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loonylovesgood Feb 10, 2020

Well-acted, but very heartbreaking. I didn't realize it was based on a true story until I watched it. Judi Dench was fantastic, as always, and I was just so sad for her character.

Jan 27, 2019

based on true -interesting

Aug 27, 2018

Directed by Stephen Frears in 2013 based on the book "The Lost Child of Philomena Lee" by journalist Martin Sixsmith, this British docudrama depicts the true story of Philomena Lee's 50-year search for her forcibly adopted son and Sixsmith's efforts to help her find him.
Apparently, the name of the protagonist was named after Saint Philomena, who was a young consecrated virgin whose remains were discovered on May 24/25 1802 in the Catacomb of Priscilla.
In 1833, a Neapolitan nun reported that Philomena had appeared in a vision to her, and the Saint had revealed that she was a Greek princess, martyred at 13 years of age by Diocletian---Roman Emperor from 284 to 305.
The film doesn't mention this naming, but it is quite interesting to know that both women experienced an unforgettable tragedy.

Aug 04, 2018

Judi Dench is always amazing! Based on true events. Very interesting story, so sad in so many ways. It's hard to believe that unmarried women were treated so terribly. Men on the other hand had no consequences whatsoever. Did to never occur to people that it takes two to make a baby?

Oct 31, 2017

Recently saw this for the first time and my partner and I (her second time), really thought it was well done. Good acting and heart wrenching story based on fact. End of the film has some added updates, with real pictures of Philomena and the reporter, which is nice touch.

Apr 21, 2017

Good movie! Definitely not a comedy, more a thought-provoking drama. I would rent it again.

Feb 05, 2017

Absolutely delightful movie. Highly recommend it for all ages.

ArapahoeTiegan Dec 12, 2016

In college, I took a class on the history of Ireland. For our final paper we had a choice of movie to watch that focused on a specific historical event we had talked about in class. Philomena was the movie I chose. I thought this movie was beautiful. It was heartbreaking to realize the actuality of the events - nuns taking in young, pregnant, unwed women, putting them to work, and adopting their children out to American families without the consent of the mothers or even telling them what happened to their children. The women were forced to work for "selfless" service of the nuns in helping them during a difficult situation - they were kept prisoner and forced to complete awful work for years, while they also lost their children.

Sep 19, 2016

Excellent movie, well acted. Shows how things have changed from 50 years ago. Out of wedlock children are no longer shunned, but accepted. Mothers love never ceases, despite the situation she is in. Hence she travels continents and goes to places where she is not welcome to find her son. Well worth the watch, truly enjoyed the movie.

TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 03, 2016

A heartbreaking story with two really excellent leads, Philomena feels more like a made-for-tv movie than an Academy Award-nominated film. That's not a bad thing; it's a really good Lifetime movie. It just didn't strike me as Oscar material.

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shelly0269 Nov 14, 2015

you are a journalist - well i used to be, hes a Roman catholic, well i used to be!

Oct 14, 2014

A comic exchange (adult humor):
Martin: I was just admiring your picture of Jayne Mansfield there.
Nun: No, that's Jane Russell. Jayne Mansfield was the blonde one.
Martin: Yes, of course, yes. But they were both very big ... I mean the two of them ... they were huge ... Their careers.

Oct 13, 2014

Many more from IMDb:

Martin: The end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.
Philomena: That's lovely, Martin. Did you just think of that?
Martin: No, it's T.S. Eliot

Mar 31, 2014

"I did not abandon my child; he was taken away from me."

Mar 31, 2014

"You said you wanted to visit the Lincoln Memorial." "We could go and see Mr. Lincoln or we could watch on television 'Big Momma's House'. It's about a little black man pretending to be a fat black lady. They just showed some of it on the television and they're all chasing after him. It looked hilarious, Martin!"

Mar 31, 2014

"Must have been terrible, having to keep it a secret his whole life."


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Oct 01, 2016

The DVD was much better than the book. I usually don't say that! Interesting period of history about unwed moms sent to Catholic nuns. Punished for sins. Hard work for 3 years with children than children taken away and adopted against mothers wishes. Big money conflict in Ireland between govt. and church. Psalm 103 He knew me in my mother's womb.

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