The Magdalene Sisters is a hard-hitting film dealing with the true story
of Irish Catholic asylums, where women were imprisoned without
recourse for moral crimes--which robbed thousands of women of
their liberty, with little explanation, no hearing, and no recourse.
It's powerful material, presented honestly
without overdramatizing any of the story.
The actors gave a solid performance throughout,
showing the heartbreaking bleak story that is hard to believe.
The asylums were closed in 1996, and this
is a story that needed to be told.
Based on real events, this movie tells
the fictionalized account of three new girls forced into the
workhouse prison environment of the Magdalene asylums--a place
where wayward girls worked off their sins for the Sisters of
Mercy, a place of forced labor, humiliation, and constant reminders
of their moral corruption.
A moving study of the horrors of institutionalism.
This movie reveals and uncovers a dark
chapter in Irish history, around 1965.
The film is based on factual occurrences
of three girls who, for a variety of unjustified reasons, were
locked up without trial and sentenced to forced, unpaid labor.
The picture is a scary look at institutional
cruelty that processed some 30,000 victims through the Magdalene
Laundries in the 1970s; the last closed in 1996.
These barbaric, inhuman punishments against
women are unbelievable, but true.