Philomena Movie Review – The Ugly Side Of Adoption

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Philomena movie review – Ironically some of the worst atrocities against humankind have been done in the name of the Church, in the name of religion.  This should not be, but unfortunately that is the case.

Philomena Movie Review

Philomena Movie Review – Background

Philomena is the true story of one mother’s search for her lost son. Falling pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena was sent to the convent of Roscrea to be looked after as a “fallen woman”. When her baby was only a toddler, he was taken away by the nuns for adoption in America. Philomena spent the next fifty years searching for him in vain.

Her journey took her full circle  – from Ireland to the USA and back.  In the end she found part of what she was looking for. As you watch this movie, let us remember all those women who are still searching for kids they were forced to  give up.

We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.
T.S. Eliot

I watched this movie between bouts of anger and tears, wondering at times if ignorance was at the root of all of this. Are we all reading the same bible that tells us to look out for those who need us the most; that speaks out against exploitation? How do we justify this kind of unethical behavior?  Philomena’s ability to forgive in spite of all that happened, is a beautiful part of the story that we should not overlook.  A must see movie but please do not forget your box of tissue.

The end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.

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34 Responses

  1. Olu says:

    I haven’t seen this one. But it certainly seems interesting reading through your post. Thanks for the review.

    • mardenec@hotmail.com says:

      Olu and thank you very much for taking the time to visit and leave a comment

  2. Jim says:

    I am still on the fence about watching it. I like the occasional movie that deals in the matters of forgiveness and such. However, I am not sold out on this yet. Thank you for a great review!

  3. Divya says:

    I’d love to watch this movie. Though, I tend to get quite emotional during movies or documentaries like this one.

    • mardenec@hotmail.com says:

      Divya, Me too and for a moment I said I did not want to watch it. However, a friend convinced me and I am glad I watched it.

  4. Rosey says:

    Good warning on bringing the tissues. I would have guessed it too. 😉

    • mardenec@hotmail.com says:

      LOL…Yeah Rosey, you do not want to be caught off guard without the tissue

  5. What an interesting movie. I hadn’t heard of this one but that sounds like an amazing journey.

  6. LauraOinAK says:

    I watched this when it came out. Such a powerful story.

    And, yes, there are MANY things that people of faith will do in the name of God. Sadly, I know it will be this way given our fallen nature and free will. But, one can hope that more people begin to truly embrace their faith and LIVE it.

  7. I want to see this movie! I will have to search for it on Netflix or maybe look for a DVD copy. I know I am going to need tissues!

  8. I actually never thought there would be an ugly side to a process that should be such a beautiful journey

    • mardenec@hotmail.com says:

      Janella, sigh…that is exactly what I was thinking that people will suck the life out of just about anything

  9. Trish says:

    I remember seeing a trailer for this movie when it first came out. It sounds like a really powerful movie and an important story! I think I may rent this from the local library. Thanks!

  10. Catherine Sargent says:

    This sounds like a great girls night movie to me. I will have to plan a night with my friends to watch it .

    • mardenec@hotmail.com says:

      Catherine, you bet it is…Bring lots of popcorn and tissue. Great discussion point for a small group too

  11. Tami Qualls says:

    While I’m sure this will tug at my heart, I will be watching it. I hadn’t even heard of it until you shared it with us.

  12. robin Rue says:

    This sounds like a real tear jerker. I have two children, but I have been seriously considering taking in a foster child or even adopting a Syrian refugee.

  13. Tara says:

    I would be very emotional watching this. I usually prefer light hearted movies since real life is hard enough. My son was adopted and I’m sure this would hit home. I still pray for his birth family. I just can’t imagine what they went through. Such love and sacrifice.

    • mardenec@hotmail.com says:

      Tara it is hard enough to voluntarily give up your child for adoption. But what these nuns did was just horrible. I cried so hard!

  14. Neely Moldovan says:

    This seems like an interesting story. I should check it out for sure.

  15. Vernon says:

    Oh yes!
    I have to see this one.
    Thanks

    • mardenec@hotmail.com says:

      Vernon you need to really see it. It is just sad the things that we can do in the name of Religion

  16. Melody Rosa says:

    Wow never heard of now I want to watch it
    http://sheismelrose.net/

    • mardenec@hotmail.com says:

      Melody, it is worth a watch. It’s an eye openeer, a story that needed to be told to bring closure

  17. Mary Clark says:

    This movie could have been a melodrama but it’s done in a restrained way that lets all the parts of the story come out. It’s definitely about forgiveness.

    • mardenec@hotmail.com says:

      Mary it certainly is a case of forgiveness…and you are right, if done differently it could have been so wrong