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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 12A
Cast
Judi Dench
Steve Coogan
Sean Mahon
Sophie Kennedy Clark
Directors
Stephen Frears
Screenwriters
Steve Coogan
Jeff Pope
Running Time
98 minutes

Philomena
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Plot
After losing his job as a spin doctor, Martin Sixsmith (Coogan) decides to return to journalism. His subject is Philomena Lee (Judi Dench), an Irishwoman who, as a teenager, had a child that she gave up. Together, they set out to find him.


Verdict
A terrific, sophisticated comedy that tackles serious issues with a lightness of touch and a spirit of steel, Philomena is the British film to beat come BAFTA time.


Reviewed by Damon Wise

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