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When former journalist Martin Sixsmith is dismissed from the Labour Party in disgrace, he is at a loss as to what do. That changes when a young Irish woman approaches him about a story of her mother, Philomena, who had her son taken away when she was a teenage inmate of a Catholic convent. Martin arranges a magazine assignment about her search for him that eventually leads to America. Along the way, Martin and Philomena discover as much about each other as about her son's fate. Furthermore, both find their basic beliefs challenged.
Lesley, South Africa. 8 March 2015
Although Judi and Steven turn in strong performances and yes, the facts of what the church has done/still does are mind boggling, the over glamaourization of the main charater led me to order the book. And it is so much more than the film.
One does feel desperately sorry for all the wronged young ladies and the way the were victimized and how they had to live with the shame all their lives. The film, however, should have shown more off, the adult children and their ageing parents desperate search for each other and the lies that each side were told.
For all its flaws, it is still a worth while watch and addition to your collection. However, my advise, buy the book as well.
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