Philomena meets The Orphan Train in the heart-wrenching story of a mother-daughter bond that could not be broken.
In 1950’s Quebec, the French and English tolerate each other with precarious civility. When Maggie,English, becomes pregnant at age fifteen by Gabriel, French, her parents force her to give the bay Elodie up for adoption and get her life ‘back on track.’
Elodie is raised in Quebec’s impoverished orphanage system. Her life takes a tragic turn when she, and thousands of other orphans, is declared mentally ill as the result of a new law that provides more funding to psychiatric hospitals than to orphanages.
Maggie, married to a businessman who is eager to start a family, cannot forget the daughter she was forced to abandon, and a chance re-connection with Gabriel spurs a wrenching choice.