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Star Rating: 5 stars
Release Date: 2013
Cast: Judi Dench (James Bond Series, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Iris, My Week With Marilyn), Steve Coogan (Alan Partridge, Despicable Me 2), Anna Maxwell Martin (Becoming Jane, Death Comes to Pemberley, And Then There Were None), Sean Mahon (Mr & Mrs Smith, Dark Shadows), Michelle Fairley (Harry Potter and the Deathly Halows-part 1, Game of Thrones)
A woman, Philomena Lee (Judi Dench), enlists the help of journalist Martin Sixsmith, (Steve Coogan), to search for her long lost son. They start at the place of his birth, the place where he was raised and then ‘sold’ to an American family to compensate for Philomena’s ‘sin’. Based on a true story and the book The Lost Child of Philomena Lee, by Martin Sixsmith.
There are not many films that I can confidently say are the best film of 2013, in fact only one and that film is this one. Philomena manages to captivate the heart through a series of emotional events, hilarious moments and surprises. The film has a light-hearted texture and style that I have never seen in any other film. It is 90 minutes of absolute joy!
Judi Dench and Steve Coogan work brilliantly together. Dench makes you laugh with joy, when Coogan is a master of guiding you through the plot. I love the long talk through terrible book plots and Judi Dench makes the script even more funny. This, the one film that I forget about, that doesn’t manage to make it into my ‘top films’ list, but is fabulous in its script, acting, style and effect. It makes you cry, laugh and gasp. How it takes you full circle and doesn’t cause you to question what you have done with the last 90 minutes of your life!
Philomena is one of the greatly understated films of history, a film that doesn’t win any awards, but is nominated for a few, a film that everyone likes but always forgets about and a film that calls upon all your emotions except being scared (because it’s not a horror film).
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