Mommies Dearest: Mothers and Gay Sons on Film

Philomena's heartbreaking story of a mother's search for her gay son puts us in mind of some of our favorite mother-gay son films.


  UPDATED: January 16 2014 12:23 PM ET

Brideshead Revisited (2008)
Emma Thompson plays the severe Lady Marchmain, the matriarch of a fantastically wealthy aristocratic British family. She is also deeply Catholic. Ben Whishaw is cast in the role of her son, the teddy bear-carrying Sebastian Flyte, one of the most notable and flamboyantly gay characters in English lit. Matthew Goode (pictured to the right of Thompson, above) as Charles Ryder plays the love interest for both Sebastian and his sister Celia in the film based on Evelyn Waugh's novel of British society between the wars.

The always-entertaining Emma Thompson on the film below:

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