Historical Purpose Of Philomena

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The film Philomena, directed by Stephen Frears, brings to light only a portion of the injustices faced by unwed mothers in Ireland during the mid-late 1900’s. Due to such heavy religious regard in the State, if any girl was to get pregnant outside of wedlock, she would be forced to leave her home and live in a convent, referred to as mother-and-baby homes, where she would endure many sufferings which were hidden from the public eye. Among these miseries, the most heartbreaking one would be the constant fear of the nuns selling your baby through an illegal adoption and never seeing your own child again. After leaving the convent, many of these women would hide their shame and keep this part of their life a secret.
The plot of this film follows the true story of a 19-year-old girl, Philomena Lee, who suffered such pain and a life of silence and sorrow after her child was taken from her in one of the many illegal adoptions at the Roscrea Abbey, the convent where she was placed upon becoming pregnant. The film was released in 2013 and takes place in present-day Ireland as the, now,
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This means that its original purpose was not to teach its audience about historical truths of the past, but to entertain. Hollywood has a purpose, and that purpose is to make money. To do this, filmmakers do not have a choice but to tinker with the history of our times. If a filmmaker was to create an exact visual representation of the written history, the film would be quite boring. Therefore, filmmakers must dramatize their works in order to create a successful movie that will achieve its original purpose: to entertain while bringing in high revenue. In Philomena, Frears uses intense lighting and dramatic music, among other features, to aid in this dramatization, adding suspense and excitement in the
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