• Philomena (2013)

Philomena

Release Date: November 22nd, 2013

DVD Release Date: April 15th, 2014

PG-13 |1 hr 37 min

Plot Summary

In 1952, Irish teenager Philomena (Judi Dench) became pregnant out of wedlock and was sent to a convent. When her baby, Anthony, was a toddler, the nuns took Philomena's child away from her and put him up for adoption in the United States. For the next 50 years, she searched tirelessly for her son. When former BBC correspondent Martin Sixsmith (Steve Coogan) learns of the story, he becomes her ally. They travel together to America to find Anthony and become unexpectedly close in the process.

Cast: Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Michelle Fairley, Barbara Jefford, Anna Maxwell Martin, Mare Winningham, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Peter Hermann

Director: Stephen Frears

Genres: Docudrama

Production Co: Baby Cow Productions, Magnolia Mae

Keywords: 2010s, Emotional, Friendship, Gripping, Love, Heartwarming, Quest, 1950s

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 90
    Deborah YoungThe Hollywood Reporter

    Stephen Frears is in full possession of his filmmaking talent in Philomena, one of his most pulled-together dramas in years. show more

  • 80
    Bob MondelloNPR

    Director Stephen Frears, working from a book by the real Martin Sixsmith, isn't about to let the Irish church off the hook for a monstrous (and well-documented) chapter in its history. In flashbacks, he pictures the young Philomena as a sort of proto-Katniss, doing battle with a tyranny of nuns. show more

  • 78
    William GossFilm.com

    Philomena honors its namesake by valuing potent understatement over potential hysterics. show more

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Awards

Nominated Leading Actress
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2014)
Winner Adapted Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2014)
Nominated Best Picture
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2014)
Nominated Outstanding British Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2014)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2014)
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Nominated Music (Original Score)
Nominated Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Nominated Actress in a Leading Role