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The French soundtrack specialist Alexandre Desplat garners another Oscar nomination for his score to Philomena, the true story of how one Irish woman's (Judi Dench) quest to find her long-lost son, along with journalist Martin Sixsmith (Steve Coogan).
Inevitably, the action returns to the convent, where Philomena is in desperate need of some answers. The nature of those answers influences the score profoundly, which turns to a nervous series of unanswered melodic questions, and cadences that never seem to quite resolve.
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