Sunday, December 08, 2013
philomena


"Philomena" is a lovely touching film with the always superb Dame Judy Dench.
It is based on a true story and the screenplay was written by Jeff Pipe and Steve Coogan, who also stars in the film along with Ms. Dench, and it is based on the book written by Martin Sixsmith, who Coogan portrays in the film.
This film was beautifully directed by the incredibly talented Stephen Frears, probably best known in recent years for his film "The Queen", for which Helen Mirren won the Academy Award.

It is about a woman named Philomena Lee and her search for her son, whom she was forced to give up many many years before.

Martin Sixsmith is a journalist who got involved in Philomena's search and this is what the film is about.
It is a very serious film with a lot of comic overtones, but....make no mistake, it is a film that will move you to tears and may even haunt you, forevermore.....
It is not just one woman's story.....but many many women's story.
I won't say anymore about the film itself, except to say.....
I urge you with all my heart, to go see this picture.
There is so much to savor in it....Not the least of which is the incredibly sensitive and very feeling yet understated performance by that great great treasure of an actress.....
Judi Dench.

This is a small film---not a "Blockbuster", no----
But, a small film with a big heart.
And Thank God the 'powers that be' put their money where their mouth is, 
 and fought to make this memorable picture!


More To Come.......







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18 Comments:
had this to say:

Definitely going to see this. Love Judi Dench and the story looks to be compelling.

Sunday, December 8, 2013 at 11:33:00 AM PST 

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this one is already on my list "to see".... my mother was adopted and I never knew my father so stories like this seem to "hit home" to me...

Sunday, December 8, 2013 at 1:57:00 PM PST 

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Oh, I'm so glad to see this recommdation from you. I've been thinking about going to see the film because I adore Judi Dench, and after hearing what you have to say, I surely will! I trust you more than those silly people writing for newspapers and online film blogs. ;)

Monday, December 9, 2013 at 12:39:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

I saw the trailer and it looked interesting to me. I plan to see it. Thanks for the recommendation!

Monday, December 9, 2013 at 1:11:00 PM PST 

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I have read several rave reviews of this movie on Facebook and I was already planning to see it at some point. Thanks for adding your 2 cents, Naomi!!

Monday, December 9, 2013 at 4:55:00 PM PST 

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Now I can't wait to see it, based on your recommendation. It's playing at the theater near my house. I might go see it after work tomorrow.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 3:39:00 AM PST 

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I didn't know Steve Coogan was in this. I love Judy Dench! Thanks for the recommendation.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 7:22:00 AM PST 

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Your reviews of those two films make me wish to go to the movies. I just saw that they are both playing near us this week – so I cancelled my hair appointment and we’ll go and see them. I admire Judy Dench – she is a superb actress and so genuine. Thank you for the review, as I may have missed those films.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 8:27:00 AM PST 

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Judi Dent is probably our finest actress and I love the way she reinvents herself with every film she does, a bit like Meryl Streep.

The film does sound excellent I'm not sure given the fact I'm adopted and was given way at birth I want to see it really. Some things are best left alone, for me, and I don't know that I'd want to open a can of worms like that!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 3:09:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

I would watch Judi Dench read the phone book. She's amazing. And I've been eager to see this film. I'm glad you gave it the thumbs up! It makes me all the more eager to see it.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 6:04:00 AM PST 

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I'll keep my eyes open for it when it's out on DVD. I love Judi Dench and have never seen any film she made that she wasn't wonderful in it. A actress with real heart.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 11:10:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

I'll be intrigued to see this one. Coogan playing a non comedic role should also be interesting.

Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 2:46:00 AM PST 

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had this to say:

This is definitely a film I want to see.
I think they will make a great duo. Who wouldn't find Judi sympatico. I think despite her age most co-stars tend to fall in love with her.
And I shall enjoy seeing her play a woman who is not high born and Irish to boot.

Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 4:07:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

I normally don't like tear-jerkers but this doesn't appear to be that kind of film, but much, much more from your description.

I've known women who were forced to have abortions, been sent away to have their babies in private so they wouldn't shame the family name, but none who've given up their babies against their will.

I expect this will be an emotional and haunting film. I'd have to be mentally ready for it but I'd love to see it sometime.

Thank you for the review, my friend. Wishing you lots of love and warmth this holiday season! xo

Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 10:51:00 AM PST 

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I saw a preview and wrote it down immediate and put it on my Netflix line-up. I so feel for so many women back in the day who were forced to give away their babies and I felt drawn to know how the story turns out. I think Dench is an absolute treasure.

Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 11:31:00 AM PST 

had this to say:

I have been wanting to see this! Dench is one of my favorite actresses, and the story looks very interesting.

Monday, December 16, 2013 at 12:16:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

Love your reviews, Naomi!
I will add this film to my "to see" list for sure.
The story sounds very moving and Judy Dench is really outstanding.
I like so much Stephen Frears too.

Hope you have a good day.

Monday, December 16, 2013 at 12:27:00 PM PST 

had this to say:

Can't wait to see it!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 6:59:00 PM PST 

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