A cynical journalist reluctantly assists an elderly Irishwoman to track down the 50 years old son forcibly taken from her in a single mothers' home when the boy was just three. The search takes them to the United States and a few surprises.
'Philomena' is based on real events. I've heard the stories that have emerged from these horror homes and the treatment of the single mothers by the Nuns who ran the establishments like prisons is distressing. This film balances the distress of the treatment with considerable humour.
Judi Dench is as on song as ever as the mother who never forgot.