In Ireland, young girls were imprisoned in the Magdalene Asylums to work in the laundries where they could atone for their sins. Into this setting, and with women’s liberation sweeping the globe, four “fallen women” are deposited by the Catholic Church.
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A powerful indictment of the Catholic church and pervasive social attitudes- the punitive "morality" and gender double standards towards sex. Of course it wasn't only an Irish problem: the idea of shame of unmarried sex and pregnancy still festers on in some quarters. A film that hardly hides its opinions, and why should it? The reality was disgusting and fills me with anger and pity.
The problem with melodrama is that you manipulate things so that the film will have a bigger emotional impact. What the hell is wrong with letting people make up their own minds? Yes, the Catholic Church perpetrates evil on a mind boggling scale. When you make a melodrama you are treating people like sheep. Which is of course ironic in the way people obey the dictates of the Church in the first place.
Mono-dimensional. A film happily content with just scratching the surface and relying heavily on the fact that it is based on a true story and plenty of controversial detail. But as a historic account it feels far too melodramatic and hollywoodian. Poor character development- a particular central character deserves something more than just walking their luscious lips throughout the film.
Poignant. D'une facture classique, le film de Peter Mullan n'en est pas moins une terrible illustration des dérives de l'église catholique au XXème siècle
Les actrices choisies pour incarner ces martyres sont d'une grande justesse.
Tout ce que l'Irlande catholique n'a jamais voulu savoir sur son église, ses écoles, ses prêtres et ses couvents. Un film intense, dur, qui dénonce l'arriérisme et le fanatisme de l'Ir irlande catholique. Ce n'est pas fini, chaque jour il y a de nouvelles révélations sur cette période et on se demande si elle vraiment terminée. Un film d'utilité publique fort sobre et émouvant porté par des comédiennes brillantes
Emotionally exhausting. Joni Mitchell sings about the Magdalene Laundries and describes the same experience. There was no hope for these girls, hidden away by the cloak of the Church. I wanted to do violence myself, watching those horrible bitches abuse the girls. Why do people perpetrate the worst abuse, just because they can? A film that needed to be made.