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British director Stephen Frears is urging Pope Francis to watch his film condemning the Catholic Church's adoption policy.

Philomena, directed by Frears, tells the story of Irish babies who were sold for $1,558 (£1,000) to American families in the 1950s.

The film, due for release later this year (13), is based on a book written by journalist Martin Sixsmith, who investigated the real life case of Philomena Lee, whose child was taken from her in 1952.

Speaking at the Venice Film Festival, Frears says, "I am very keen that the Pope should see it."

Dame Judi Dench, who plays Lee in the movie, adds, "It is a shockingly terrible story and it is right that it should be told."

Oscar winner Dench met with Lee a number of times before filming began, and says, "We got on very well. We had a similar sense of humour. It is such a responsibility playing someone who is still alive."


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