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Judi Dench felt a tremendous
responsibility toward Philomena Lee

Los Angeles Times, by Rebecca Keegan

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Posted By:Harlowe, 12/21/2013 7:16:04 PM

LONDON — The first time Judi Dench witnessed the power of acting, she was 7 and saw her brother get away with using a swear word. (Snip) Dench´s latest performance — for which she has so far received Screen Actor Guild and Golden Globe nominations — is as a more ordinary but just as dignified woman in the drama “Philomena,” in which she plays a working-class Irish mother who enlists a jaded journalist (Steve Coogan) to help her find the son whom nuns forced her to give up decades earlier.

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Aside from the controversy regarding the Catholic Church in the film’s plot, there is another aspect that may be worth noting and that is an ad hominem attack on the Republican Party. According to Wikipedia, the adopted son of Philomena was a high-ranking official in the Reagan administration as well as a closeted gay “… because the Republican Party was ‘rabidly homophobic.’”

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: obviousity, 12/21/2013 7:32:30 PM     (No. 9663733)

From another review I gather that Philomena is just another "Hollywood Movie" in the pejorative.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: bamapreacher, 12/21/2013 7:35:25 PM     (No. 9663736)

Philomena Lee said the film wasn´t anti-Catholic but she is apparently just too stupid to know why Hollywood would make such a film in the first place if not to bash the Church, even if subtly. If it was Mooslims who did it, or the Episcopal Church, they wouldn´t have bothered filming it.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: mitzi, 12/21/2013 7:51:52 PM     (No. 9663753)

I have no intention of seeing the movie, but I did read a review by Kyle Smith in the NY Post. Kyle is a self-described atheist.

http://nypost.com/2013/11/21/philomena-another-hateful-and-boring-attack-on-catholics/

With “Philomena,” British producer-writer-star Steve Coogan and director Stephen Frears hit double blackjack, finding a true-life tale that would enable them to simultaneously attack Catholics and Republicans.

There’s no other purpose to the movie, so if 90 minutes of organized hate brings you joy, go and buy your ticket now.


Shortly thereafter, Harvey Weinstein attached Kyle Smith:

http://nypost.com/2013/12/07/harvey-weinsteins-philomena-attack-ad/

I’ve never been flogged in the public square, but now I have a rough idea what it’s like.

On Thursday, Harvey Weinstein, the US distributor of the Judi Dench-Steve Coogan film “Philomena,” placed a full-page, color attack ad in The New York Times that screamed my name in blood-red letters.


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Reply 4 - Posted by: kanphil, 12/21/2013 9:45:45 PM     (No. 9663862)

I love Judi Dench. Watching her or Maggie Smith in almost anything is more fun than a barrel of monkeys. However, I don´t think i will see this. Hafvry Weinstein is a pig.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 12/21/2013 11:10:54 PM     (No. 9663925)

If the execrable Harvey Weinstein had anything to do with it, I´m not interested.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Lawsy0, 12/22/2013 12:02:43 AM     (No. 9663945)

I adore Dame Judith, her every move is grace. So sorry to learn of her sight problem. Best wishes to an icon of the stage.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: TXknitter, 12/22/2013 12:58:55 AM     (No. 9663957)

As soon as I read Harvey Weinstein was working on this story, I knew what the premise of the project would probably be. Perhaps we will be surprised but I doubt it. I am sorry this gracious lady is in this film because I won´t be seeing it. Oh yes, #4, when Maggie Smith and Judi Dench grace a stage or movie screen, it´s sheer magic.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: plex, 12/22/2013 9:48:37 AM     (No. 9664250)

I saw the movie. You get used to the one liners in almost all books and movies that bash Republicans. I don´t think the treatment of the nuns was unfair. They did that and it wasn´t nice.

There have been films that treat Muslims harshly. I can´t remember the name but there was a sad film about a little girl who tried to pass as a little boy in a harshly Islamic world. Kite Runner bashed Islam pretty hard.

Overall though you can appreciate a work of art on many levels. I look at the craft. If the craft is good enough, the story doesn´t matter. Dame Dench is a real artist and she chooses her movies well. There are few better craftsman than she. My favorite is the "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel".

Philomena is a well crafted, well acted, good movie. Oh, and don´t forget the dig about Tele-watching, romance novel reading, boobs (ie. Democrats).



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