When former journalist Martin Sixsmith 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, 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.
November 27, 2013
Baby Cow Productions, BBC Films
Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Michelle Fairley, Mare Winningham, Anna Maxwell Martin, Charlie Murph, Simone Lahbib, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Charles Edwards, Sean Mahon, Amy McAllister, Cathy Belton, Kate Fleetwood, Peter Hermann