Film: Philomena is a touching and tender tale

Philomena. Directed by Stephen Frears. Nationwide, 12a. Rating: 5/5. Thor: The Dark World 3D. Directed by Alan Taylor. Nationwide, 12a. Rating: 2/5.

3rd November, 2013
Judi Dench and Steve Coogan in Philomena.

Stephen Frears' new film, Philomena, is a delight: a sad and moving real-life drama told with bottomless compassion and unexpected wit, about an Irish woman's search for the son taken from her decades before. Written, performed and directed with restraint and sensitivity and a humanising shot of comedy, it manages the rare trick of breaking your heart and mending it too.

As the story opens in the early 2000s, Martin Sixsmith (Steve Coogan) is an...

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