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Based on the 2009 investigative book by BBC correspondent Martin Sixsmith, The Lost Child of Philomena Lee, PHILOMENA focuses on the efforts of Philomena Lee, mother to a boy conceived out of wedlock - something her Irish-Catholic community didn't have the highest opinion of - and given away for adoption in the United States. In following church doctrine, she was forced to sign a contract that wouldn't allow for any sort of inquiry into the son's whereabouts. After starting a family years later in England and, for the most part, moving on with her life, Lee meets Sixsmith, a BBC reporter with whom she decides to discover her long-lost son. Rated PG-13 for some strong language, thematic elements and sexual reference.
Cast: Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Simone Lahbib
Produced by: Steve Coogan, Tracey Seaward, Gabrielle Tana
Directed by: Stephen Frears
Written by: Steve Coogan, Jeff Pope, Martin Sixsmith
Running time: 1hr 34min
Opens: Nov 22, 2013 Limited
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