Based on a best-selling book, this film explores the history of unmarried mothers and their children through Philomena’s heart-wrenching (and at times amusing) search for her long-lost son. Discussion will focus on, in part, the history of so-called Magdalene laundries or asylums which were actually set up in a number of countries, including the U.S.
Dinner is complements of Philomena’s Irish homeland—soda bread, farmhouse salad with goat cheese, Gaelic chicken with mushroom whiskey sauce, steamed vegetables, mashed potatoes, Bailey’s Irish Cream cheesecake, and Irish coffee. Slainte!
Don’t miss Chef in May! My summer films will likely include Wadjda, The Impossible, and Places in the Heart, but I have not made up my mind yet.