Philomena — Trailer


added: Fri, Sep 27th '13

Judi Dench stars in "Philomena," the upcoming British drama from "The Queen" director Stephen Frears, based on journalist Martin Sixsmith's 2009 book, which told the true story of an elderly Irish woman tormented by a 50-year-old secret concerning the child she was forced to put up for adoption by the Catholic Church when she was just a teen.

Dench, in what will likely be an award-worthy performance, portrays the real-life Philomena, while Steve Coogan (who also co-wrote the screenplay with writer Jeff Pope) is Martin Sixsmith, the once promising BBC/Washington correspondent, who, at the time, was an unemployed journalist with no discernible future. The drama unfolds when a down-in-the-dumps Sixsmith reluctantly agrees to write Philomena's "human interest story," accompanying her on a heartfelt journey to America to find her long-lost son, all while staying in fancy hotels that serve oversize portions of food and offer "Big Momma's House" as pay-per-view entertainment.

"Philomena" nabbed a couple of festival awards at this year's Venice, and is slated to open in NY and LA on Christmas Day before expanding in other cities on January 10th. (Watch the trailer, above.)

Philomena Lee was sent away to a convent to be looked after as a "fallen woman." Taken from her at the age of 3, her son was "sold" in America. Forced to vow she would never seek him, Philomena fought her vow and spent the next 50 years searching for her lost son. With the help of journalist, Martin Sixsmith, Philomena travels to America to find her lost son.


directed by   Stephen Frears

starring   Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Simone Lahbib, Michelle Fairley, Anna Maxwell Martin, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Mare Winningham

release date   December 25, 2013 (NY, LA), January 10, 2013 (Expands)

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