PG-13 | | Biography, Drama
A world-weary political journalist picks up the story of a woman's search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent.
In the United States, the MPAA gave the film an 'R' rating for ambiguous usage of the "F-word" (usually, only one non-sexual utterance of the word is permitted for 'PG-13'). A lengthy appeals process ensued, with producer Harvey Weinstein and actor/writer Steve Coogan ... ...
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 Sixsmith: No, it's T.S. Eliot
Though the film appears to be set in 2004, the red Mazda MX-5 in which Pete Olsen arrives at his house is a third generation model, not launched until 2005.
Real footage of Anthony/Michael is shown at the ending credits
£1,509,726 (UK) (3 November 2013)
$37,707,719 (USA) (16 May 2014)