(Stephen Frears, 2013)

alone, Landmark Sunshine Theater, 2/14/14



Steve Coogan is always perfectly cast as a man who is trying to be polite.  In Philomena, his politeness is first tested by the batty old Irish lady of the title, and then really tested by the craven/repressive antics of a group of “evil nuns” (who really are pretty bad).  As an illustration of the harm caused by sexual puritanism, Philomena is devastatingly effective, but it keeps its focus on the human side of its story, and in the end becomes a film about the power of forgiveness even in the face of tremendous wrong.  The movie is sweet without being sappy; emotional, not sentimental; funny, but never shticky.  It’s a lovely and thoughtful piece of work – and I freely admit that it made me weep.

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