Cert: 15 Year: 2002 Length: 119 mins
Three young women find themselves incarcerated in one of the Magdalene Laundries (a nun-controlled borstal for 'fallen women'). There they find themselves virtual slaves subjected to torture, sadistic punishments and cruel humiliations, all committed in the name of penance. This is a film that exposes a truly horrific way of life and one that is made all the more horrific by the revelation that the last Magdalene Laundry did not close its doors until 1996.
This controversial film makes for traumatic viewing. However there is much compassion and humour, affirming the humanity of the characters. A powerful piece of cinema; one that takes film far beyond its usual entertainment or escapism values.
Winner Golden Lion Venice 2002
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