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...Written by
The film shows the asylum experimenting with washing machines. The widespread adaptation of the household appliance would become a significant factor to the asylums' economic viability being fatally undermined and led to their ultimate closure. See more »
When Margaret's brother shows up to take his sister home, he not only knows his way around the facility, but knows exactly which room everyone is in, despite having never set foot in the place. See more »
Well, what is it you're wanting to show me? Come on, Kevin, what's the secret?
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Special thanks to ... all at the Glasgow Film Office. See more »
it's hard to believe that the country we're all so proud of today is the hell hole depicted in this movie. this is such a shocking film. maybe we are used to hearing about priests preying on young children but to see Nuns do it is very disturbing. isn't it crazy that having children was treated as a mortal sin and that this legacy was only finished 9 years ago.
i only saw this movie last night and i'm too disturbed to write much more. the performances are incredible. absolutely gripping. nerve wracking and heart rendering. Eileen Walsh is better than Nell. She should have got an Oscar. They were all brilliant.
i wonder how many other secrets lurk in the Irish closet of shame.
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