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Philomena is a 2013 British comedy-drama film directed by , based on the book The Lost Child of Philomena Lee by Martin Sixsmith. The film tells the true story of Philomena Lee, a woman who was forced to give up her son for adoption in Ireland in the 1950s and sets out on a journey with journalist Martin Sixsmith to find him.

After spending 50 years searching for her son without success, Philomena contacts Martin Sixsmith, a former government advisor and journalist, who is initially reluctant to take on the story. However, after hearing Philomena's story, Sixsmith becomes intrigued and they begin their search. Their journey takes them from Ireland to the United States and ultimately leads to a shocking discovery that changes both of their lives forever.


Philomena is a poignant and moving film that explores themes of loss, identity, and the search for redemption. The film's direction is masterful, with using a spare and evocative visual style to create a sense of intimacy and empathy with the characters. The performances are outstanding, with delivering a mesmerizing and nuanced portrayal of Philomena, and offering a powerful and understated performance as Martin Sixsmith.

The film is a searing indictment of the societal norms and traditions that oppress women and the lower classes, and it raises important questions about the nature of identity and agency. Philomena is a poignant and thought-provoking film that challenges viewers to think deeply about the complexities of the human experience.


Philomena has won numerous awards, including:

  • Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Best Actress (), and Best Adapted Screenplay
  • BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay
  • Golden Globe nominations for Best Picture, Best Actress (), and Best Screenplay
  • Screen Actors Guild nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role ()

Overall, Philomena is a deeply affecting and thought-provoking film that offers a powerful commentary on the human experience. It is a testament to the power of cinema to tell important stories and to shed light on important social issues, such as the nature of loss, identity, and the search for redemption.

Directed by
Produced by Gabrielle Tana Tracey Seaward
Screenplay by Jeff Pope
Based on The Lost Child of Philomena Lee
by Martin Sixsmith
Starring , ,
Music by Alexandre Desplat
Cinematography Robbie Ryan
Edited by Valerio Bonelli
Pathé Yucaipa Films BBC Films British Film Institute Canal+ Cine+ Baby Cow Productions Magnolia Mae Films
Distributed by Pathé Distribution (France) 20th Century Fox(United Kingdom)
Release date 31 August 2013 (Venice) 1 November 2013 (United Kingdom)
Running time 98 minutes
Countries United Kingdom France
Language English
Budget $12 million
Box office $100.1 million

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