Philomena 2013, new movie review and synopsis

Philomena movie posterOnly two of the nine movies nominated for an Oscar last year I have not succeded to watch – Inside Llewyn Davis and Philomena, and the latter I managed to see it today. This movie is not only inspired by a true story, but also tells a true story, a detail that contributes more to the emotional impact that it has on the viewer. The story is a dramatic one, but presented in such a way that does not put you into depression and you do not need a pack of wipes. That’s because Philomena (Judi Dench), who suffered one of the greatest tragedies that may occur to a mother, that to have her child taken and given for adoption, and to know nothing about him for 50 years, faces the situation with much calm, understanding and wisdom.


She even afford to have Martin (Steve Coogan) heckled when he loses his temper because of the way the old lady is treated. Martin is a former journalist who wants to write a book about the history of Russia, but lets himself convinced by the old lady’s daughter to write her life story and help her find her son. Their journey begins at the convent where she was sent by her father after she became pregnant by accident as a teenager and for many years she could not see the baby more than an hour a day.


After a few years, the child was given up for adoption without her consent and lost him forever because the nuns were unwilling to provide her any details about the boy. Now, hitting on the same wall as before, Martin uses his relations to find information about the boy and, along with Philomena, goes to America (they are Irish) with the hope that it will find him. Martin is an atheist and sees things with a significant dose of cynicism, while Philomena is very faithful and overly nice to everyone, which it sometimes annoys Martin – hence the funny scenes meant to relax the atmosphere.


It’s a very interesting film and Martin’s logic seems correct because, behold, if you respect too much the ones that doesn’t deserve, you are taken for a fool. In addition, this is a new proof that religion is just a tool of discretion in the hands of some who have, in reality, no God. Whoever believes that churches and monasteries are housing saints, well…

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