Indie Gems: Philomena
Oh Philomena, I almost went to see you in theaters so many times, and I kept getting side tracked by other things. But you were worth the wait.
50 years ago, a woman named Philomena (Judi Dench) was forced to give her son up for adoption by some nuns who's roof she was living under. Actually, "forced" might not be the correct word. They flat out did it without her consent and didn't even tell her about it. Another women did just minutes before her son is driven away. In comes a journalist, Martin Sixsmith (Steve Coogan) who picks up her story and wants to help her find her son. Their journey is quite extraordinary.
Philomena is adorable, naive, and I just wanted to give her a hug. Dench plays her so brilliantly. That was a very well deserved Oscar nomination she got. Coogan was great too as Martin. I shared a lot of his disbelief at what these nuns did. There's a brilliant scene where he tells one of them: "If Jesus were here, I think he'd knock you out of that fucking wheelchair."
Of course the ending made me cry, it was kind of set up for cheap emotions in my opinion, but it worked on me, so mission accomplished. Philomena might not have been the strongest Best Picture nominee, but it was a cute little film that deserves your viewership.
Memorable Quote - "I didn't even know I had a clitoris, Martin!" - Philomena (Judi Dench)