A world-weary political journalist picks up the story of a woman’s search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent. (IMDb)
This was the nominee that I knew very little about, but as of right now, it’s one of my favorites. It’s an absolutely fascinating story, which is even more interesting because it’s true. Judi Dench is fabulous, but then again, when is she not? What I liked is that she didn’t fall into any specific old woman trope, which I’ve been seeing a lot lately.. She wasn’t just a cute little old lady, a sassy old lady, or a religious old lady, (to name a few) she was all of them. She was an actual complete, flawed person. I absolutely loved her. Steve Coogan also turns in a really nice performance, also letting his character flaws show and affect his journey throughout the movie. Also, he and Dench work really well off of each other. Throughout the course of the movie, you truly care about these characters and want to see them succeed in finding her son. In the end, it becomes a movie about choosing forgiveness over anger, and I thought it conveyed that message beautifully.