Margaret, Rose and Bernadette arrive together at the Magdalene Laundries, an institution for 'fallen' women, where they will atone for their sins through a regimented life of work and prayer. Overseen by the monstrous Sister Bridget (Geraldine McEwan), they soon learn that friendship and conversation is frowned upon, as they are stripped of their liberty and dignity. Yet within the confines of this regime, a loyal bond develops between feisty Bernadette, headstrong Margaret and dreamy Rose, as they find moments of comfort and even laughter, and a hope that surpasses their daily hardship. Based on the true story of the thousands of women who passed through the gates of the Magdalene Laundries and into a chapter of Ireland's history that will never be forgotten.
Powerful True Story.
- The Magdalene Sisters review by Steve Mason
Heartbreaking expose of the abuse suffered by Irish girls at the hands of the Catholic church, deemed to have transgressed often in vague, uncertain ways. Geraldine McEwan is horrifying as the head of a convent run workhouse. An angry reminder of the exploitation often visited on the poor and the powerless.