Watch: Philomena 2013 123movies, Full Movie Online – When former journalist Martin Sixsmith (Steve Coogan) 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 Lee (Dame Judi Dench), 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..
Plot: A woman searches for her adult son, who was taken away from her decades ago when she was forced to live in a convent.
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Brilliantly delivered story by supreme actors
My wife talked me into going, I wanted to see Captain Philips but she was adamant this time. We both grew up in Ireland and I didn’t want to see another one of those movies focused on stereotypes, the marketing blob types like the Quiet Man and Ryan’s Daughter…stereotypical nonsense that lampoon our history and our culture. Steve Coogan and Judy Dench, especially Judy got it just right from the very start. They were smart, witty, serious and most of all, Judy was ‘Irish’ They really got the spirit of an Irish mom, that cocktail of guilt, generosity, inferiority and a heart to care for the entire world spot on. Dench in the hotel thanking everybody for being ‘so nice’ and getting who her son was as a child as others were today trying to ‘break the news’ to her…she wasn’t just a step ahead, she was years ahead. Really excellent, really well done. Beautiful!
An incredible and heartfelt story
Steve Coogan has said that Philomena is his reaction against cynicism – his attempt to make an honest and fundamentally sincere film. The biggest compliment that can be paid to him is that, in these goals, he has succeeded.
It tells the story of Philomena Lee (Judi Dench, who is as brilliant as ever), an elderly Irish woman whose child was taken away from her 50 years ago by an austere Catholic convent. Martin Sixsmith (Coogan) is the cynical, know-it-all journalist turned government spin doctor, recently sacked, who is on the look out for a story. After a chance encounter at a party, Sixsmith reluctantly takes up the ‘human interest’ story of Philomena’s search for her son, Anthony.
The key to Philomena is the relationship between the titular character and Sixsmith. And it works. It really works, in fact. His cynicism, bordering on arrogance, is matched perfectly by her simple and completely sincere belief in common human decency. It could easily have been overly sentimental, but Judi Dench in particular does a remarkable job of keeping it grounded.
There’s some very dark stuff here, and it’s a testament to the script that the film does not become overwhelmed by it. The Magdalene laundries were awful places, yet this story is not about revenge. I was almost cheering when, at the end, Sixsmith gives one particularly odious nun a piece of his mind. But moments later Philomena accosts him and gives me a slap on the wrist. She does not want revenge or angry confrontation. She just wants the truth. It’s a remarkable act of forgiveness, and one that, like Sixsmith, I could not agree with. But then, I’m just another cynical and bitter atheist. I have to say, this film made me angry at myself for being one. And yet it also made me pleased I wasn’t a Catholic. Go figure.
Philomena is an incredible and heartfelt story. It’s desperately sad, yet never overly sentimental. There’s some genuinely funny moments, mainly emanating from the contrast between the wide-eyed and refreshing simplicity of Philomena’s world view and the weary wryness of Sixsmith. If you get a chance, see it.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 38 min (98 min)
Genre Biography, Comedy, Drama
Director Stephen Frears
Writer Steve Coogan, Jeff Pope, Martin Sixsmith
Actors Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Sophie Kennedy Clark
Country United Kingdom, France, United States
Awards Nominated for 4 Oscars. 33 wins & 86 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Arri Alexa, Panavision Primo Lenses, Arriflex Cameras (16 mm segments)
Laboratory Company 3, London, UK (digital intermediate), Deluxe 142 (rushes processing)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 16 mm (childhood scenes), 8 mm (archive footage), SxS Pro
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format), ProRes 4:4:4 (1080p/24) (source format), Super 16 (source format), Super 8 (source format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (Kodak Vision 2383), D-Cinema