The Story of Philomena Lee


The Story of Philomena Lee

Yesterday my Mum and I went to see Philomena, a movie we’d been looking forward to seeing since we saw the trailer at another movie.

It’s the seemingly very accurate story of Philomena Lee, a Catholic girl who gave birth to a son born out of wedlock in 1952.  Her family disowned her, forcing her to live with nuns who delivered her baby and looked after her.  However when he was 3 the nuns adopted him out to an American family.  He became a very successful lawyer in the Reagan administration but died of AIDS at the age of 43 so there was no fairytale reunion between mother and son.

The movie itself is brilliantly written and cast.  It tells the story of Philomena searching for her son.  Judi Dench was brilliant (as always) but the surprise for me was Steve Coogan.  I’ve always liked him but thought some of his movies were stupid.  I hope he does more serious roles in future because he was outstanding.  Judi Dench has been nominated for Golden Globes and there is talk of an Academy Award nomination ow two.  I would love to see the movie itself nominated as well.