The Magdalene Sisters (2004) Torturous and powerful, writer-director Peter Mullan's drama, The Magdalene Sisters , is, alas, more than a fictional account. The film, set in 1964 Ireland, tells…
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The Magdalene Sisters (2004)

The Magdalene Sisters | NUN TOO AMUSED Sister leads Duffy, Noone, and Duff out of temptation
NUN TOO AMUSED Sister leads Duffy, Noone, and Duff out of temptation

Details Release Date: Mar 23, 2004; DVD Release Date: Mar 23, 2004; Movie Rated: R; Genre: Drama; With: Anne-Marie Duff, Dorothy Duffy and Nora-Jane Noone; Distributor: Miramax

Torturous and powerful, writer-director Peter Mullan's drama, The Magdalene Sisters, is, alas, more than a fictional account. The film, set in 1964 Ireland, tells the story of Bernadette (Nora-Jane Noone), Margaret (Anne-Marie Duff), Rose (Dorothy Duffy), and Crispina (Eileen Walsh), who are sent to a Magdalene convent -- where supposedly promiscuous girls symbolically cleansed their sinful souls by washing laundry, and received merciless punishments and sexual advances in return. Stunning newcomer Noone delivers an enrapturing performance as a defiant orphan determined to escape, while Geraldine McEwan chills as a monstrous nun whose cruelty seems boundless. EXTRAS ''Sex in a Cold Climate'' chronicles the history of the Magdalene asylums (finally shut down in 1996) and offers testimony from four of the 30,000 women who withstood life within their harrowing walls.

Originally posted Apr 02, 2004 Published in issue #758 Apr 02, 2004 Order article reprints