Philomena at the Gate Cinema, Notting Hill

Judi dench and Steve Coogan in 'Philomena'

The Magdalene Sisters,  was a powerful film about the horrific lives of  unwed mothers in Ireland who had their babies essentially stolen from them  and then were subjected  to cruel working conditions in laundries run by sadistic nuns.  That same era in the Church is revisited in Philomena, an astoundingly good film based on a true story which follows the search of a woman who had her son taken away fifty years before. Don’t miss it!

According to the  Financial Times:  “This is a doleful, radiant, understated comedy of hope and faith. That’s almost a definition of good British cinema.”

Review – Telegraph.

Review Guardian

Review Independent

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