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  1. George
    November 28, 2013

    Thank you sincerely for not giving away the plot points and twists that other reviewers selfishly gave away about when writing about this movie. I saw this at TIFF, only to see Judi Dench…well that and Frears’ movies are hard to resist, and fell in love with it. No surprise it was the Runner Up at TIFF for Audience Choice.


    • Joseph Belanger
      December 1, 2013

      Thanks for reading! I didn’t feel it was necessary to discuss the tone and themes of the films and give away the plot points as well. It is a very emotional film and that is what I chose to focus on. Glad you enjoyed it. It is pretty irresistible.


  2. Sidonie
    March 8, 2014

    Your review is a delight and like you I think it is a sublime film in which Stephen Frears has found the perfect tone to narrate with his customary subtlety the story of an encounter and of a double quest. That of a mother but also that of a journalist whose pseudo certainties are shattered, which, paradoxically enough, makes him stronger by giving him (back) the capacity to be moved by another human being. Judi Dench depicts in a breathtaking way all the complexity and the density of the emotions and thoughts of this luminous Philomena. She achieves this with the grace and the delicacy which are part and parcel of her acting skills and with this extraordinary capacity she possesses to embody the beauty, the frailty and the strength of the human soul.


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