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Director: Stephen Frears
Starring: Judi Dench, Steve Coogan

Philomena is the powerful true story of a lady in her 70's who along with a disgraced journalist, goes on a road trip in search of her son, a journey which takes them to America and back to Ireland.

In 1954 Philomena became pregnant and along with other "shamed" young girls, was sent to live in a convent. The Irish-Catholic community had no tolerance or understanding for these "fallen girls" so they were whisked from the community and forced to live and work in convents run by evil nuns. Incredibly, when their children were toddlers the church would sell them to childless couples in America.

Judy Dench is stunning as Philomena and works well with Steve Coogan who plays Martin Sixsmith, a cynical journalist who wants answers and questions the validity of the Catholic religion. A close friendship develops and both prosper from the journey which brings closure and new beginnings.

This is just one of many emerging stories which justifiably tarnish the image of the Catholic Religion, showcasing the lies, the deceit and the sinful ways of the church. It's a story which needs to be told and ranks as one of the most powerful movies to emerge from Ireland. Today, thousands of Irish are still searching for their stolen children in America, a task made impossible as all records of the missing children have been neatly disposed of by the "people of the cloth."
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Philomena (2013)
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emerging stories which justifiably tarnish the image of the Catholic Religion...
Rating: 4.5