Magdalene Sisters

  • Screenplay: Peter Mullan
  • Directed by: Peter Mullan
  • Cast: Geraldine McEwan, Anne-Marie Duff, Frances Healy, Eileen Walsh, Dorothy Duffy, Nora-Jane Noone, Eamonn Owens
  • Country: Ireland, UK
  • Year: 2002
  • Genre: drama
  • Runtime: 116
  • Language: English


A thoroughly mind-provoking film about 3 young women who, under tragic circumstances, see themselves cast away to a Magdalene Asylum for young women in 1964. One of many like institutions, the asylums are run like prisons and young girls are forced to do workhouse laundry and hard labor. The asylum, one of many that existed in theocratic Catholic Ireland, is for supposedly 'fallen' women. Here, young girls are imprisoned indefinitely and endure agonizing punishments and a long, harsh working system which leaves them physically drained and mentally damaged. As the girls bond together, it soon becomes clear that the only way out of the Magdalene convent is to escape, but with twisted Sister Bridget running the wing, any chances seem limited...

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