Judi Dench as Irish woman searching for son grips Venice


By Isla Binnie
VENICE | Sat Aug 31, 2013

(Reuters) – Judi Dench brought pathos and laughter to Venice on Saturday with her performance in the title role of “Philomena”, the true story of an Irish woman who searches for the son who was taken from her and sold by nuns.

Pope Francis, who has taken over a Catholic Church beset by scandal, should watch the film, director Stephen Frears said.

“I’m very keen that the Pope should see it,” he said.

“Philomena” debuted at the Venice film festival alongside James Franco’s “Child of God”, the chilling tale of a cave-dwelling necrophiliac, and “Night Moves” about three eco-warriors who plot to blow up a dam.

Asked why he had made a film about such a taboo subject, Franco said it had provided a way “for me to examine something that’s pushed out of civilized society”.

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