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Philomena (2013) directed by Stephen Frears

Philomena (2013)
A world-weary political journalist picks up the story of a woman's search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent.
Director: Stephen Frears
Writers: Steve Coogan (screenplay), Jeff Pope (screenplay), Martin Sixsmith (book "The Lost Child of Philomena Lee")
Stars: Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Sophie Kennedy Clark

If you are wondering why I'm featuring this movie when most of the movies I have featured in the past are Gay themed, well, you will have to see it, lets only say, that it's very moving, and that for a moment it had me in tears, moreover cause this is a life story, and so the events in it are real; as soon as I was back, I searched the internet, with the little hope the events in the movie were maybe emphasized to the benefits of the script, but unfortunately they are very much real. Unfortunately, cause I'm a little heartbroken right now, but very powerful and the director dealt with them in a way that was moving but not exploiting; on the contrary, sometime he was even able to snatch a smile to the public, and Judi Dench's performance is so good, not surprising at all considering the greatness of this actress.

I recommend to my friends to go and see it, and then go back home and do the same little search I did; meeting Michael and his story, and be a little heartbroken like me, but knowing also that Michael is a great man and his story is worthy to be known.

Further Readings:

Philomena: A Mother, Her Son, and a Fifty-Year Search (Movie Tie-in) by Martin Sixsmith
Paperback: 448 pages
Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (November 6, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0143124722
ISBN-13: 978-0143124726
Amazon: Philomena: A Mother, Her Son, and a Fifty-Year Search

Now a major motion picture starring Judi Dench: the heartbreaking true story of an Irishwoman and the secret she kept for 50 years

When she became pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena Lee was sent to a convent to be looked after as a “fallen woman.” Then the nuns took her baby from her and sold him, like thousands of others, to America for adoption. Fifty years later, Philomena decided to find him.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the Atlantic, Philomena’s son was trying to find her. Renamed Michael Hess, he had become a leading lawyer in the first Bush administration, and he struggled to hide secrets that would jeopardize his career in the Republican Party and endanger his quest to find his mother.

A gripping exposé told with novelistic intrigue, Philomena pulls back the curtain on the role of the Catholic Church in forced adoptions and on the love between a mother and son who endured a lifelong separation.

More Gay Themed Movies at my website: http://www.elisarolle.com/, My Lists/Movies

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