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Philomena is a 2013 film about a world-weary political journalist who picks up the story of a woman's search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent.
- Directed by Stephen Frears. Written by Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope, based on the book The Lost Child of Philomena Lee by Martin Sixsmith.
These two unlikely companions are on a journey to find her long lost son. taglines
- I did not abandon my child, he was taken away from me.
- I forgive you because I don't want to remain angry.
- I don't believe in God, and I think He knows.
- Doctor: You're depressed.
- Martin: Well I got the sack. I'm unemployed.
- Doctor: Yes, but that wasn't your fault, was it?
- Martin: That's why I'm depressed.
- Martin: Philomena, how are you?
- Philomena: I had a hip replacement last year, Martin, titanium, so it won't rust.
- Martin: Otherwise I'd have to oil you like the tin man
- Philomena: Is that right?
- Martin: Oh no!
- Jane: He's just joking, mom.
- Philomena: I only want to know if he's all right.
- Martin: Perhaps these older nuns can help us with some of the details.
- Sister: I don't think that's going to be possible… You're a journalist.
- Martin: I used to be.
- Philomena: Martin's a Roman Catholic.
- Martin: Yes, well no, I used to be.
- Martin: My guess is that Anthony was adopted and sent to America.
- Philomena: I think I would like to go. I'd like to know if Anthony ever thought of me. I thought of him everyday.
- Martin: Shall we go for a walk? Get rid of the jet lag? You said you wanted to visit the Lincoln Memorial.
- Philomena: We could go and see Mr. Lincoln or we could watch on television 'Big Momma's House.' It's about a little black man pretending to be a fat black lady. They just showed some of it on the television and they'll all chasing after him. It looked hilarious, Martin!
- Philomena: Who's this fellow?
- Marcia: That's his friend Pete.
- Philomena: And were you his girlfriend, Marcia?
- Marcia: No, I don't know if you knew but he was gay. I used to accompany him when he used to go to official functions because being gay was frowned on in the Republican Party. But he was very charming and charismatic.
- Philomena: Tell me, did he father any children?
- Martin: Philomena, Marcia has just told us that Anthony was gay.
- Philomena: Well I always knew that but I just wondered if he might be bi-curious.
- Martin: Bi-curious?
- Philomena: A lot of the nurses I worked with were gay but one of them called Brenden told me he was bi-curious. I don't think he could make up his mind, Marcia.
- Marcia: He didn't have any children. I'm sorry.
- Philomena: Now we're getting closer, all these years wondering if Anthony was in trouble or prison or goodness knows where. But as long as I didn't know I could always tell myself he was happy somewhere and that he was doing all right.
- Martin: Don't upset yourself.
- Philomena: What if he was obese?
- Martin: Obese?
- Philomena: I watched this documentary that says a lot of Americans are huge. What if that happened to him?
- Martin: What on earth makes you think he'd be obese?
- Philomena: Because of the size of the portions!
- Mary: And that's him with Pete Olsson. Mike and Pete were…
- Philomena: That's all right, Mary. I know Anthony was a gay homosexual and we met Marcia who I believe was his beard. Is that right, Martin?
- Martin: Yes, that's about right.
- Philomena: Must have been terrible, having to keep it a secret his whole life.
- Martin: I always wondered why God kills hundreds of thousands of people everyday. You should ask him about that while you're in there. He would probably say, he moves in mysterious ways.
- Philomena: [angry] No, I think, he'd say you are a fucking idiot.
- Sister Hildegarde: The Lord Jesus Christ will be my judge - not the likes of you.
- Martin Sixsmith: Really? Because I think if Jesus was here right now he'd tip you out of that fucking wheelchair - and you wouldn't get up and walk.
- Philomena: Sister Hildegarde, I want you to know that I forgive you.
- Martin Sixsmith: What? Just like that?
- Philomena: Its not 'just like that'... it's hard. That's hard for me. But I don't want to hate people. I don't want to be like you... Look at you.
- Martin Sixsmith: I'm angry.
- Philomena: Must be exhausting.
- These two unlikely companions are on a journey to find her long lost son.
- BASED ON THE INCREDIBLE TRUE STORY
- The highly acclaimed new comedy from director Stephen Frears
- Judi Dench - Philomena Lee
- Steve Coogan - Martin Sixsmith
- Barbara Jefford - Sister Hildegarde
- Sophie Kennedy Clark - Young Philomena
- Kate Fleetwood - Young Sister Hildegarde
- Mare Winningham - Mary
- Michelle Fairley - Sally Mitchell
- Ruth McCabe - Mother Barbara
- Anna Maxwell Martin - Jane
- Peter Hermann - Pete Olson
- Simone Lahbib - Kate Sixsmith
- Amy McAllister - Sister Anunciata
- Cathy Belton - Sister Claire
- Wunmi Mosaku as Young Nun (modern era)
- Sean Mahon - Michael Hess