A world-weary political journalist picks up the story of a woman’s search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent. (IMDB)
Writers: Steve Coogan(screenplay), Jeff Pope(screenplay), Martin Sixsmith(Book)
Director: Stephen Frears
Stars: Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Sophie Kennedy Clark
Run time/Rating: 98 Minutes/ PG-13
Popcorn Score: Large Popcorn with Butter
Philomena the film, which is co-written by one of its stars Steve Coogen (A popcorn movie review favorite) along with Jeff Pope is based on an award winning article and book by Martin Sixsmith. The story focuses on an elderly Irish woman who decides she would like to track down her son that she was forced to give away by the Catholic Church when she was just a teenager.
If that story doesn’t entice you to run out and see the movie just yet, I completely understand. A story of an old Irish woman does not interest me at first glance either. It didn’t even interest the author of the story at first. Sixsmith had spent his life as a political reporter but was recently laid off due to cuts at the BBC. He thought of this a story as a “Human Interest” story and, despite his unemployment, he still felt he did not have time for those. But if I were to tell you that it is a transcontinental mystery with tremendous characters, subtle but laugh out loud comedy and undertones of negativity against the archaic and frigid catholic systems; would you be a bit more interested? That is what it took for Martin to become engaged in the tremendous story and I am sure that you would too.
Steve Coogan has done it again. Philomena is one of my favorite movies of the Year.
Large Popcorn with Butter.