I recommend ‘The Magdelene Sisters’, a film about the Magdalene asylums in Ireland where, up until 1996, “morally wayward” girls and women were sent to work in the laundries as penance for imagined transgressions. Apparently more than 30,000 women spent time in these cruel institutions. Directed by Peter Mullan, who gave such a powerful performance in ‘My Name is Joe’. Further to recommend the film is that I understand it has been strongly criticized by the Vatican.
--Sep 8, 2003