Friday, November 29, 2013

Philomena (2013)

Director: Stephen Frears. Cast: Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Mare Winningham, Michelle Fairley. 98 min. Rated PG-13. UK/USA/France. Drama.

This isn't just based on a true story about an Irish old lady, whose child was sold into adoption by the Catholic Church to wealthy Americans because he was born out of wedlock, and her search to find him 50 years later. This is a perfect "road movie", where two extreme opposites (simple-minded religious old Dench and sarcastic middle-aged atheist Coogan) start their common search on humorous terms, end up with anger and forgiveness, and learn something about themselves and each other along the way. Judy Dench was always my hero; now I've found a new one in Steve Coogan.

PS: Huge winner at this year's Venice Film Festival.

Mo says:


  1. I had no idea you have seen it already and scored it MoMagic!!I missed it incidentally. I just saw it today merely because of high rank in IMDB and Rotten tomato but now even after 2 hours of leaving theater I'm still hypnotized what I've watched today.What can I say just : Beautiful...beautiful...beautiful

    1. Judy Dench is aging so gracefully. I hope she keeps on acting for many, many, many years.

    2. Steve Coogan style reminded me Hugh Grant ! a recent news about movie :

    3. I actually agree that the film is anti-Catholic. But if the Catholic Church truly sold kids into adoption for a profit, then I don't have a problem watching a movie that exposes and condemns them.