Movie to See: Philomena



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Philomena was a movie I only saw because of my parents. It was at the nicer, smaller theatre that tends to show the offbeat movies. You know, the ones that are nominated for oscars but don’t have anything blowing up or aliens invading earth so they won’t make it at the big theaters.

Some of the best movies I’ve seen have been there (Once and The Queen come to mind) and Philomena did not disappoint.

It involves Ireland and the Catholic Church, two things I’m interested in, so that helped. Judy Dench is also an incredible actress, and it had unexpected hilarious bits.

Oh, and it’s based on a true story (and a book.)

Philomena is the story of an older woman who, when a teenager, got pregnant. At that time in Ireland it was incredibly incredibly shameful, and families often sent their pregnant daughters to the convent. The convent would put these girls to work, deliver the baby, and then raise it until it was adopted.

The problem – the girls only got 1 hour of time with their child each day, and never had a choice in their child begin given away.

On her child’s 50th birthday, Philomena decides she can’t hold in her secret anymore and wants to find him. A journalist who made a career ending mistake is looking for work, and decides to take on her story as a “human interest” piece. He’s determined to help Philomena find her child and correct the wrongdoings by the convent, but there are lots of lies, cover ups, crazy coincidences, and moral shaming along the way.

The movie was adorable as it was maddening, with sweet moments and lots of emotion.

I’d encourage you to see it, especially since it’s up for an Oscar!


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  1. I have heard about this movie but never checked it out. Thanks for the recommendation – I am always looking for new movies :)

  2. I haven’t heard of this movie but it sounds awesome!!

  3. Saw it in December and loved it. Other good movies I have seen in smaller theaters recently are “Nebraska”, “The Book Thief”, “12 Years a Slave”, and “The Dallas Buyer’s Club”. Honorable mention goes to “Inside Llewyn Davis”, “American Hustle”, and “Saving Mr. Banks.” (Yes, I love movies as much as reading blogs, visiting the library, and working out at the gym).

  4. We sound like soulmates! I hope to see most of those movies…usually can’t convince the husband to see the majority with me, so I see fewer than I’d like. As a librarian, I wish i had time to read all the books that I see that are interesting…and working out is awesome too, of course.

  5. I heard about Philomena for the first time during the Golden Globe awards and wondered what it was about! THanks for the recap, I’ll definitely have to check it out! (didn’t mean to channel Dr. Seuss, haha)

  6. This is definitely on my list of movies to see! Glad you liked it!

  7. Kate @ Coffee with Kate says:

    Haha– I love your preface on plagiarism. I saw Philomena with my mom at a small, less-known theatre too. God, Judy Dench is amazing.

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