Saturday, January 25, 2014

Saturday Three-Line Movie Review

Stephen Frears' beautiful movie Philomena has great open spaces where more is unsaid than said, and the story of the quiet determination and strength of Philomena, an Irish woman looking for the son that was stolen from her as a girl, is at once a testament to living with faith and grappling with overwhelming tragedy. The story is a true one, and it's a harrowing depiction of the cruelness of the Catholic Church, without being a diatribe against it, of the centuries-old suppression of sexuality and of the conflict between dogma and faith. The movie is also hilarious and perfectly charming, beautifully shot, and Dame Judi Dench is a goddess with Steve Coogan her unlikely yet perfect foil.

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  1. It is on my list. I like your review.


  2. The movie is both a condemnation of the church and a love story of the church. After all that happened to her, she keeps to her faith. It is a splendid and moving account of a true story.

  3. I love your review! Makes me want to see the film.

  4. Wow. BRILLIANT review. You capture so much in three sentences. I shall have to watch!

  5. Looks great! I'm due for a movie. Thanks for the recommendation!

  6. I so have to go see this. Without my husband. Because, well. You know.



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