Directed by: Stephen Frears
Staring: Judi Dench and Steve Coogan
Based on the 2009 investigative book by BBC correspondent Martin Sixsmith “The Lost Child of Philomena Lee”, the film focuses on the efforts of Philomena Lee (Judi Dench), to find her long lost son. He was conceived out of wedlock, to the disapproval of her Irish-Catholic community and given up for adoption in America. In following church doctrine, she was forced to sign a contract that would not allow for any inquiry into her son’s whereabouts. After starting a family years later in England and for the most part moving on with her life, Philomena meets Martin Sixsmith (Steve Coogan), a BBC reporter with whom she decides to embark on her search.