Stephen Frears is back in top form with Philomena, a powerful and affecting true story that is easily his best work since The Queen. Judi Dench is wonderful as ever as the titular character, a kindhearted Irish woman who wishes to track down the son she was forced to give up by the Catholic church, and Steve Coogan (who co-writes) is perfectly cast as the cynical journalist who reluctantly ends up telling her story. While it may seem like a predictable feel-good film on the surface, Philomena is often poignant in unexpected ways thanks to Frears’ avoidance of sentimentality and the subtle performances of his great leads. A Fistful of Culture has three double passes to giveaway thanks to Trigger Marketing, and you can find the entry details below.
Philomena is in cinemas from December 26. Watch the latest trailer below.
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