Movie Title : Philomena
Directed by : Stephen Frears
Produced by : Gabrielle Tana, Steve Coogan & Tracey Seaward
Based on : The Lost Child of Philomena Lee by Martin Sixsmith
Distributed by : The Weinstein Company
My Rating : 4 of 5
Philomena is a British-French-American comedy-drama about a journalist, Martin Sixsmith (Steve Coogan), who has lost his job as a Labor government adviser, and is trying to write a book about Russian history. He then meets the daughter of Philomena Lee (Judi Dench), who suggests him to write a story about her mother, who was forced to give up her baby boy fifty years ago. He eventually meets Philomena to listen to her shocking story and decides to investigate further. After a one night stand affair with a young man, Philomena who becomes pregnant is sent to Sean Ross Abbey. After giving birth, she is forced to work in their laundry for four years to pay off the cost of her stay.
One day, the nuns adopt out her son without warning or a chance to say goodbye. Philomena had kept her secret for fifty years, but kept visiting the convent periodically to try to find him. However, they repeatedly told her that they were unable to help her find him. Martin and Philomena look for clues everywhere, and find some surprising information, and their search ends where they began. Philomena finally finds her son, but it’s too late. They discover so many cruel things the nuns had done to her, but in the end, Philomena takes courage to forgive them all and let Martin tell her story to the world.
What an amazing story, and the best part is, it’s based on true story! I don’t know if it’s fully true, but still, it’s a touching, tragic story. It taught me such a lesson, about forgiveness and love. The nuns shouldn’t have done it that way. They have wrong perception about sins and penalty of them. They think Philomena has done something horrible, so she deserves to be punished. But it’s not their right to do so, and it’s not the way God will do it. Jesus had died and resurrected to cleanse our sins, so that we don’t have to bear death or any penalty of our sins. We only need to accept Him and ask for forgiveness, and God’s mercy will forgive us all – fully, without no doubt. God does judge and punish, but only people who don’t want to be forgiven – as in, they don’t ask for forgiveness to Him.
I adore the plot, how they mix the past and present, but they don’t make me confused. Really genius! Boy, I can’t imagine myself in Philomena’s shoes. She’s so tough. I can’t be that strong. She’s such an amazing example for us, to always forgive people who sin to us, as God always forgive our sins no matter how big they are. The casts are talented, and funny, too. How ironic it is, a funny tragic story.