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by Peter Mullan


The Magdalene Asylums in Ireland were run by the Sisters of Mercy on behalf of the Catholic Church. Young girls were sent there by families or orphanages and once there, were imprisoned and sent to work in the laundries where they could atone for their sins. Their sins varied from being unmarried mothers to being too pretty, too ugly, simple minded, too clever or being a victim of rape and talking about it. And for their sins they worked 364 days a year unpaid, they were half starved, beaten, humiliated, raped, their children forcibly removed from them. Their sentence was indefinite. Thousands of women lived and died there. The last Magdalene Asylum in Ireland closed in 1996.

international title: The Magdalene Sisters
original title: The Magdalene Sisters
country: United Kingdom, Ireland
sales agent: Goodfellas
year: 2002
genre: fiction
directed by: Peter Mullan
film run: 119'
release date: DK 31/07/2003, NO 11/04/2003, NL 03/04/2003, ES 07/03/2003, UK 21/02/2003, GR 14/02/2003, FR 05/02/2003, BE 05/02/2003, DE 09/01/2003, IE 25/10/2002, IT 30/08/2002, HU 19/09/2003, PL 10/10/2003
screenplay: Peter Mullan
cast: Geraldine McEwan, Eileen Walsh, Anne-Marie Duff, Nora-Jane Noone, Dorothy Duffy
cinematography by: Nigel Willoughby
film editing: Colin Monie
art director: Mark Leese
costumes designer: Trisha Biggar
music: Craig Armstrong
producer: Frances Higson
production: P.F.P. Films Ltd, Element Pictures
distributor: Momentum Pictures, Lucky Red, Mars Films Distribution, Eclypse Pictures/Momentum Pictures (IE), Paradiso Entertainment (NL), Alta Films (ES), Concorde (DE), SF Film (DK), Budapest Film (HU), SPI International (PL)

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