Philomena, a 2013 drama, directed by Stephen Frears, is based on the book
The Lost Child of Philomena Lee, starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan.
The movie tells the true story of Ms. Lee's 50-year-long search for her forcibly
adopted son, and journalist Martin Sixsmith's help in finding him.
My thoughts: I wanted to see this movie when it came out, but sometimes, indie films aren't at the theater very long and didn't get to. I liked this movie a lot.
The subject matter--forcibly adoption--is so hard to comprehend nowadays, and the nuns's starchy attitude about pregnant young women is heartbreaking. We can only imagine what Ms. Lee (and all the young women) went through. To continue lying to her as an older woman is unfathomable. The relationship between the two main characters is fun to watch.
Ms. Dench is always good in everything she does. Mr. Coogan's performance is very likable and I hope he does more of this kind of work. The film moved well and is heart-wrenching, yet joyous in many places.