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Average of 402 ratings: 3.8 Stars

2013 M Contains offensive language and sexual references.

The true story of a search for a lost son

A world-weary political journalist picks up the story of a woman's search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent.

Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Anna Maxwell Martin
Stephen Frears
Indie & Festival
DVD and Blu-ray

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94 minutes

DVD details

Screen Format
1.85:1 Widescreen 16x9 Enhanced
English for the hearing impaired
English Dolby Digital 5.1 & 2.0

Blu-ray details

Screen Format
1.85:1 Widescreen 16x9 Enhanced
English for the hearing impaired
English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

15 Member Reviews Write a review

4 by chickletducks

This was a delightful movie with a few sad twists. Really tough to imagine that it's based on a true story. Nice rainy day recommendation.

4 by bigpicture

WOW, what a story. Great movie, great acting a real tear jerker. Would recommend with a box of tissues. A movie for a rain day, but be prepared for a good old weeping.

4.5 by Bigpaws

Great Movie, excellently portrayed by 2 great Actors. Sad when you realise that this was the norm with unwed mothers those days. Shows the complete lack of tolerance and compassion held by indoctrinated... Read more

4 by Lennie

Lovely movie. Harrowing and funny. Good acting by both Judi Dench and Steve Coogan.

Based on a true story. Lennie

5 by vivian9

Great acting by Judi Dench and Steve Coogan. Rather harrowing to think that these things actually did happen. It has some sad moments but a few unpredictable twists along the way. A great movie, highly recommended.

3 by qofd

Not as moving as I expected it to be (more frustrating than anything, hard to love nuns at the end of it) but a great true life story all the same.

5 by Watcher

It's extremely well done , not too heavy , a really good watch . Judi Dench shines as Philomena Lee complimented beautifully by comedian Steve Coogan as Martin Sixsmith as a story as much about their... Read more

5 by Riverspastor

This had all the qualities of an exceptional movie. It was very moving and had some great moments of subtle humor as well. Of course it didn't finish how I would of loved it to end, but then being... Read more

4.5 by bapmac

Wonderful movie. So sad, but even sadder because it was a true story. Would definitely recommend this movie to all and sundry.

4 by kiwi

This movie was a good one, not too heavy while dealing with a harrowing story. Judi Dench was great; she played the part with great humility.