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Peter Mullen's shocking drama THE MAGDALENE SISTERS is based on real events that took place in Ireland from the 1960s until 1996 when an estimated 30,000 young women, considered by their families to have committed sexual sins, were sent away from their homes to earn penitence working in profit-making laundries run by the Sisters of Magdalene Order. However, the "acts" that lead to the girls miserable imprisonment were clearly not punishable. What's worse, the nuns were cruel money grabbers who worked the girls to the point of exhaustion, and used poor living conditions and psychological abuse to break and brainwash the girls into subservience. The awful treatment the nuns gave these innocent young women was terrifying and utterly disturbing.
Mullen designed the fictional characters in the film based on interviews with actual survivors of the laundries, working their stories into his plot. Margaret (Anne-Marie Duff) is a shy girl who is raped by her cousin at a wedding shaming her family, Patricia/Rose (Dorothy Duff) gets pregnant and her parents take her baby away from her, Bernadette (Nora-Jane Noone) is a pretty girl who is deemed "too flirtatious," and Crispina (Eileen Walsh) is a loving young mum whose children are forbidden to see her and are being raised by her sister. The imposing Sister Bridget (Geraldine McEwan) is pure evil, and will strike fear into the souls of MAGDALENE viewers. This expertly crafted, haunting film, presents Mullen's second feature film, following 1999's ORPHANS.

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Director/s: Peter Mullan
Actor(s) - Actress(es): Geraldine McEwan
Nora-Jane Noone
Anne-Marie Duff
Eileen Walsh
Dorothy Duffy
Mary Murray
Francis Healy
Eithne McGuinness
Region: 2 (PAL, Europe, Japan, Middle East, Egypt, South Africa, Greenland)
Cert: (15) - Suitable for 15 years and over.
Running Time: 115 Mins
No. Disks: 1
Special Features: Audio Commentary - 1. Peter Mullen - Director
Bonus Short Films - 1. FRIDGE

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