PhilomenaDVD - 2013
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JCLNancyDM May 14, 2015
Dame Judi Dench has such an aura about her that it is, at times, a bit difficult to believe her as a lower-middle class Irish woman but this story is still worth telling as a reminder of how a culture's mores change with time. This movie adaptation focuses on the narrow family and social choices... Read More »
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(After Martin and Philomena's first day in America: Martin on phone with wife)
Kate: How is Philomena?
Martin: Well, I've finally seen firsthand what a lifetime's diet of the Reader's Digest, The Daily Mail, and romantic fiction could do to a person's brain.
Martin: She keeps telling the hotel staff how kind they are. She must think they're volunteers. She told four people today that they're all one in a million. What are the chances of that?
Kate: Oh, come on. She's just a little old Irish lady.
(When Martin meets Philomena and daughter to hear the full story:)
Jane: I think what they did to you was evil.
Philomena: No, no. I don't like that word.
Martin: No, no. Evil's good. Story-wise, I mean.
Philomena: Some of the nuns were very nice.
Jane: It was a breech birth. They wouldn't even give her any painkillers.
Martin: Excellent. Again, story-wise.
(When Martin is first approached with Philomena's story:)
Martin: Well, uh, the thing is, I'm working on a book at the moment, about Russian history, 'cause that's my thing. And what you're talking about would be what they call a human interest story. And that's...I don't do those.
Philomena's daughter: Why not?
Martin: Because "human interest story" is a euphemism for stories about weak-minded, vulnerable, ignorant people, uh, to fill in newspapers read by vulnerable, weak-minded, ignorant people. Not that you are. And...yeah.
you are a journalist - well i used to be, hes a Roman catholic, well i used to be!
A comic exchange (adult humor):
Martin: I was just admiring your picture of Jayne Mansfield there.
Nun: No, that's Jane Russell. Jayne Mansfield was the blonde one.
Martin: Yes, of course, yes. But they were both very big ... I mean the two of them ... they were huge ... Their careers.
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Martin: The end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.
Philomena: That's lovely, Martin. Did you just think of that?
Martin: No, it's T.S. Eliot
"You said you wanted to visit the Lincoln Memorial." "We could go and see Mr. Lincoln or we could watch on television 'Big Momma's House'. It's about a little black man pretending to be a fat black lady. They just showed some of it on the television and they're all chasing after him. It looked hilarious, Martin!"
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The DVD was much better than the book. I usually don't say that! Interesting period of history about unwed moms sent to Catholic nuns. Punished for sins. Hard work for 3 years with children than children taken away and adopted against mothers wishes. Big money conflict in Ireland between govt. and church. Psalm 103 He knew me in my mother's womb.
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