“Philomena,” a biographical film directed by Stephen Frears, is based on the story of Philomena Lee, an unmarried woman in Ireland who gave birth to a son in 1952. Lee was subsequently forced by the nuns of her church to give her son up for adoption, but decades later begins a search for him. Spoiler alert: turns out her son is gay.
Movie clip below.
Judi Dench stars as Lee in the film based on Martin Sixsmith’s 2009 book, titled “The Lost Child of Philomena Lee.” Comedian Steve Coogan stars as Sixsmith in the film, and also helped to write the screenplay alongside Jeff Pope.
Opening in Los Angeles on Friday, November 22, not only will the movie follow the invigorating story of mother and son, but also the unlikely pairing of Sixsmith and Lee as they search for him.
Peter Hermann, the actor who plays the boyfriend of Lee’s gay son, recently spoke to former Village Voice columnist Michael Musto about Dench’s performance in the movie:
“You haven’t lived until you’ve seen Dench saying that she knew her son was gay, ‘but I just wondered if he might be bicurious.’ She also freely utters the terms ‘gay homosexual’ and ‘beard’ and says she’s fully aware that some guys don’t like to use condoms because it doesn’t feel as good. This is one instinctually savvy lady, one who seems to know most of the answers, even as she’s desperately looking for them. And she makes mention of her clitoris, too!”
“Philomena” debuts nation-wide on Wednesday, November 27.