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The title character of Stephen Frears' Philomena is played by Judi Dench. She is an elderly Irish woman who, as a teenager, gave birth while she was working at a convent. The Catholic Church had the child adopted, and now, decades later, Philomena is introduced to Martin Sixsmith (Steve Coogan, a onetime government spokesperson who is now working as a freelance journalist. Martin agrees to help Philomena look for her son, and the trail takes them to The United States, and brings them face to face with some long-buried secrets. All the while, the type-A Martin and the ceaselessly charming Philomena learn to trust each other. Philomena screened at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.
Jay (Scott Speedman), an indolent and indulgent black sheep of his family, meets an unusual young woman (Evan Rachel Wood) in a psychiatric hospital and brings her home for his brotherŐs wedding. Also starring J.K. Simmons, Treat Williams, and Kate Burton the film takes a playful look at an unlikely romance between two damaged people.
Robert Speer, former editor of the CNR will be moderating a Q&A with fellow Chicoan and "Barefoot" screenwriter Stephen Zotnowski following the March 7th and 8th showings.
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