It's obvious to say "thoroughly middle-brow, but Judi Dench is great," and yet: ""thoroughly middle-brow, but Judi Dench is great." It ends up conforming to the genre of human interest, with all the attendant misgivings Sixsmith has for the form. There's just not enough formal or tonal sophistication to mine those misgivings.
This true story about an elderly woman's quest to find her long lost son after he was sold to an American couple by a cloister of nuns may be pretty standard Weinstein schmaltz, but that's not a bad thing. Judi Dench is in fine form as always in the title role, and Steve Coogan's script has some genuinely affecting moments. Overplays its hand a few times, but on the whole its a solidly made and lovingly rendered film
Anti-clerical, pro-abortion & pro-gay pamphlet served by an excellent cast, but weakened by a convoluted and melodramatic script. So it does'nt look much better than a (good) TV movie. === Pamphet anticlérical, pro-avortement & pro-gay servi par un excellent casting, mais desservi par un scénario alambiqué et mélo. Du coup ça ne ressemble plus qu'à un (bon) téléfilm.
There's a sentimental film and there's sensitive film. Stephen Fears and Steve Coogan transform Philomena Lee's story into a beautiful sensitive film without being a tear jerker. After watching this film all i want to do is hug my mom
Part mystery and part road-comedy, this very touching look at the hypocrisy of the church and the forgiveness and heartbreak it can cause is a very simple but effective film. While Coogan is good with his understated role, Judi Dench lights up the screen with her wonderful performance.