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The Magdalene Sisters

Rating:R (for violence/cruelty, nudity, sexual content and language)
Genre:Drama
Release Date:August 1, 2003
Running time:119 minutes
Cast:Geraldine McEwan, Anne-Marie Duff, Nora-Jane Noone, Dorothy Duffy, Eileen Walsh
Director:Peter Mullan
Producer:Frances Higson
Writer:Peter Mullan
Distributor:Miramax Films

Description: A drama which charts several years in the young lives of four "fallen women" who were rejected by their families and abandoned to the mercy of the Catholic Church in 1960's Ireland. While women's liberation is sweeping the globe, these women are stripped of their liberty and dignity, and they're condemned to indefinite sentences of servitude in The Magdalene Laundries in order to atone for their "sins." The last Magdalene Asylum in Ireland closed in 1996, and only since has the true horror of conditions in these institutions begun to emerge.

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