Philomena Saturday, 11 July 2020


Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Coarse language and mature themes.

  • The pitch:


  • Starring:

    Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Mare Winningham, Barbara Jefford, Ruth McCabe, Peter Hermann, Sean Mahon, Anna Maxwell Martin, Michelle Fairley

  • Directed by:

    Stephen Frears

  • Running time:

    98 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)


    Jayne Mansfield car accident, Princess Margaret's death, October Revolution, Vietnam War mentioned. Records destroyed in fire mentioned. AIDS death mentioned. Teenager's grave seen. Raised voices, screaming, shouting, arguing, lying. Difficult/traumatic conditions relating to convent life, forced adoption discussed. Son with legs blown off, jumping off balcony mentioned (figurative).  Blood/gore: Blood on hands (childbirth). Osteoarthritis, hip replacement mentioned.


    Kissing (male-female; male-male). Hand on thigh/bum. Discussion of sex, sex acts, unprotected sex. Swimwear.


    Alcohol (wine, beer, fortified wine, spirits, champagne). Pain medication mentioned. Drug addict mentioned (figurative).


    F-words, s-words, bloody. Actual and slang terms for female genitalia. Name-calling, racism. Religious references and exclamations. Derogatory comments toward Catholics, Mexicans, homosexuals, people who write/read human interest stories.


    Convents, pregnancy, religion, childbirth, journalism, estrangement, having a child out of wedlock, forced adoption, sex, faith, doubt, atheism, sin, punishment, remembrance, AIDS, trauma, judgement, guilt.


    Children taken from their mothers. Father claims his (living) daughter as dead (mentioned). Traumatic childbirth scene (breech birth). Maternal and infant mortality discussed. Medical procedures (childbirth) seen and discussed. Church, convent/asylum, cemetery, airport settings. Estranged father, deceased son, deceased partner, deceased mother, depression, selling babies mentioned. Job loss. Fishing, caught fish, donkey, dogs. Based on a true story. Adapted from The Lost Child of Philomena Lee by Martin Sixsmith.


    Terrific, sophisticated, funny, profound, feelgood, light, spirited, powerful, eloquent, perfect, gripping, moving, thought-provoking, refined, unforgettable, affecting, touching, witty, absorbing, compulsive, watchable, charming, tough. Brilliant script, outstanding performances, careful direction, terrific chemistry between leads, bright dialogue, unobtrusive cinematography.



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