The Magdalene Sisters is a Irish - British drama film written and directed by Peter Mullan , about three teenage girls who were sent to Magdalene Asylums also known as 'Magdalene Laundries' homes for women who were labelled as "fallen" by their families or society. The homes were maintained by individual religious orders in the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland.
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She bears her child because abortion would be a sin, only to have it taken from her by the parish priest, who ships her off to a Magdalene institution. It wasn't until some unmarked caskets were discovered, causing a scandal in Ireland, that attention was paid, ultimately leading to the closing of the Magdalene Laundries. Good Roger, or Bad Roger? A film completely successful on its own terms, it treats complex, even incendiary subject matter with lucidity, assurance and deep compassion.
Britta Smith, as the elderly Katy, a lifelong resident of the Asylum, has several great scenes as well. Top 25 true story movies.