Based on a remarkable true story, British director Stephen Frears (The Queen) has crafted a heart-warming, bittersweet film of keeping secrets, the emotional toll they take, and finally letting go of past regrets. It’s the story of a world-weary political journalist who picks up the story of an Irish woman's search for the son who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a Catholic abbey. Adapted from the book The Lost Child of Philomena Lee, it would seem to have all the makings of a dark, investigative piece - but the resulting film is unexpectedly funny, full of surprises, moving and sweet. Starring Steve Coogan and Dame Judi Dench, the smart and intelligent film solidifies Dench as one of our most cherished and beloved actresses. (NR, 98 mins.)
Tickets on sale now. First opera Oct 5.