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United Kingdom | 2013 | 94 Minutes | Stephen Frears

November 27 - December 24, 2013

From the director of The Queen comes Judi Dench and Steve Coogan in the true-life story of Philomena Lee, a woman searching for the child she was forced to give up fifty years ago. Nominated for 3 Golden Globes.

Philomena Lee (Judi Dench) has kept a secret for most of her life. As a teenager in a strict Irish Catholic community, she conceived a child out of wedlock and then, in following church doctrine, was forced to give her son up for adaption. Now, Philomena wants to find out what happened to her long-lost son, and enlists the help of Martin Sixsmith (Steve Coogan), a politician and former BBC reporter looking for a new story. Directed by Stephen Frears (The Queen), this affecting story of family, loss, and discovery is based on a true story.

3 Golden Globe Nominations: Best Motion Picture - Drama, Best Actress (Judi Dench), Best Screenplay

"Judi Dench's portrayal of a stubborn, kindhearted Irish Catholic trying to discover what became of the toddler she was forced to give up as a teenager is so quietly moving that it feels lit from within." - Stephen Holden, New York Times

  • Director: Stephen Frears
  • Principal Cast: Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Mare Winningham, Anna Maxwell Martin, Michelle Fairley, Sophie Kennedy Clark
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • Year: 2013
  • Running Time: 94 Minutes
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • US Distributor: The Weinstein Co