4 OSCAR NOMINATIONS! Demonstrating his customary flair for extracting brilliant performances and balancing deep pathos with cogent wit, Stephen Frears (The Queen, Dangerous Liaisons) directs this wonderful adaptation of Martin Sixsmith’s book The Lost Child of Philomena Lee. Philomena is the true story of an Irish Catholic woman (Judi Dench) who decides to find her son more than fifty years after she was forced, as an unmarried mother, to give him up for adoption. As scornful of ‘human interest’ journalism as he is distressed by the scandal that shortened his career as a political advisor, Sixsmith (Steve Coogan) reluctantly agrees to meet Philomena and hear her story . A true odd couple – the sheltered, elderly woman and the dry, world-weary ex-BBC journo – Philomena and Martin embark on a journey together that takes them from a convent in rural Ireland to the White House in Washington DC.
Nominated for 4 Oscars: Best Picture, Actress, Adapted Screenplay, Score.