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Over the holiday break, I went to see the movie Philomena. For me, it was a much anticipated movie. Anything that has to do with the Irish and research grabs my attention. Put the two together and I am one happy camper.
On opening night, I ventured out into the cold weather with my mother-in-law to see this movie. I knew from the promotional clips that it was about a woman who was searching for her son that had been taken from her.
When the movie was over, I knew that one thing I had to do was read the book. The movie was good. Dame Judy Dench did a wonderful job (as always) and I was really pulled into the story, wanting to know more. More about the timeframe, more about the research that was done and more about the Catholic Church and why they got away with doing such terrible things?
Luckily, I had a client that had the original book. I did not want to read the updated version that ties in with the movie. I wanted the first edition of it. To make sure I got all the background information on this story.
The beginning of the book goes back and forth between Philomena’s story and the politics of the time. It really makes you see and understand how the church was able to continue giving these children up for adoption. It breaks your heart to read the story, especially knowing how the story ends.
The middle of the book focuses on the story of Anthony Lee / Michael Hess. He seems to have been a troubled soul that always had questions about his former life and his first ‘mammy’.
The more I read, the more I want to research more into the lives of these poor girls that had to endure this life. Of course, the church is still keeping all of their records sealed at this point. But, one day (I hope in the near future) they will open them and I will be waiting to research more and hopefully bring some closure to the families.
If you have not seen the movie Philomena or read the book, The Lost Child of Philomena Lee: A Mother, Her Son and a Fifty Year Search; I highly recommend that you add it to you list of books to read or movies to see.