It takes a bold, thoughtless person to mess with Dame Judi Dench. Dench stars in the first trailer for Stephen Frears’ Philomena as the titular Philomena Lee, a woman who was sent away to a convent as a young girl and forced to give up her son. Nearly fifty years later, she enlists the help of a former journalist to help track him down in America.
Steve Coogan steps in to play the journalist, Martin Sixsmith, who is using the opportunity to write a human-interest story about Philomena and her reunion with her son. Though we know Coogan as a gifted comedian, he’s proved several times that he can hold his own in dramatic turns (The Look of Love, Our Idiot Brother); and from the trailer, the unlikely friendship blossoming between Philomena and his character looks to be one of the strongest parts of the film. Coogan also co-wrote the screenplay, which is based on the book written by the real-life Sixsmith.
The trailer devotes equal time to Philomena and Martin’s stories, which makes sense when you know that the film is based on an account that Sixsmith wrote, but the real meat of the story is in what happened to Philomena and her son, and not the journalist who’s telling her tale. Any good reporter should know that. Check out the trailer after the break.
Overall though, this looks like a heartwarming film about a sweet older lady trying to meet the son she never wanted to lose in the first place, and bonds she creates with the man trying to help her.
There is no U.S. release date for Philomena at this time.