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In the reliable hands of British director Stephen Frears, this astonishing story is told with remarkable sensitivity and simplicity. Holding it together is a never-better Judi Dench, mustering all her twinkly charm and occasional miserliness as Philomena, ably accompanied by a world-weary Coogan. A film that will both break and heal your heart.





Steve Coogan plays journalist Martin Sixsmith, who becomes privy to the story of Philomena Lee (Dench), an Irish Catholic plagued by regret. As a pregnant teenager in Ireland she was shipped off to a convent where nuns forcibly adopted her child, who she has been looking for ever since. Persuaded by Sixsmith, she sets out on a journey to uncover the truth about her long-lost son.