Philomena ★★★★

With pitch perfect performances from Coogan and Dench, a brilliantly written screenplay and sensitive direction, Philomena is one of the great surprises of 2013.

Balanced is the word to describe this film. We have the cynic meeting the optimist, the believer and the non-believer, the old and the almost-old. But these are still generalisations.

What emerges from this balancing act is a beautifully complex story of a mother in search of her son.