Release date:November 22, 2013
(limited; expands: Nov. 27)
Studio:The Weinstein Company
MPAA Rating:PG-13 (for some strong language, thematic elements and sexual references)
Screenwriters:Steve Coogan, Jeff Pope
Starring:Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Sophie Kennedy Clark
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 (Dench), 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 (Coogan), a BBC reporter with whom she decides to discover her long-lost son.