Seeking the answer to a question can prove problematic. In Stephen Frears‘ Philomena getting an answer after 50 years of asking and not receiving one requires untold patience, perseverance and forgiveness.
Frears (My Beautiful Laundrette, High Fidelity, The Queen) is a top-notch storyteller and Philomena provides a compelling storyline and material. Add two superb lead acting performances and you will conclude Philomena covers a variety of subjects with a level of acumen few films achieve and more often than not botch.
Steve Coogan (Tropic Thunder, Night at the Museum, In The Loop) and Judi Dench (Skyfall, My Week With Marliyn, AA Shakespeare in Love) connect as the leading actors. Coogan and Jeff Pope co-wrote the screenplay adapted from the non-fiction novel by Martin Sixsmith.
Philomena is a carefully paced film that takes the time to ensure that you understand the characters and their motivations – it is worth the investment of your time.