The Vatican and the Roman Catholic Church are mixed over the film in that the facts of abuse at the hands of priests and nuns appear to be well documented, but it sheds a terrible light on the church to have it dragged onto the screen in such an overt, chilling manner. As Christians, we are often targets of terrible movies, and the abuses of a small minority are exposed in a way that seems universal and the rule rather than the exception. One of the girls, Margaret, is raped by her cousin at a dance. She tells her family who seem to get to the bottom of it. Get up!
Plot[ edit ] In Ireland, , so-called "fallen" women are considered sinners who needed to be redeemed. Four young women — Margaret raped by her cousin , Bernadette too beautiful and coquettish , Rose an unmarried mother and Crispina an intellectually disabled unmarried mother — are forced by their families or caretakers into the Magdalene Asylum. The film details the disastrous lives of the four girls whilst they are inmates, portraying their harsh daily regimen and their squalid living conditions at the laundries. Each woman suffers unspeakable cruelty and violence from the Mother Superior, Sister Bridget, despite her gentle-faced appearance and outwardly soft-spoken demeanour. She is characterised as sadistic and almost inhuman at times, as conveyed through her merciless beating of Rose in full view of Bernadette, or when she mockingly laughs at Una as she hopelessly clutches at her fallen hair locks.
Director Peter Mullan's debut feature Orphans had the same explosive seriocomic combination. Then, as now, he's putting out the fire of emotional pain with the gasoline of satire and scorn. The Magdalene Laundries were institutions sponsored and maintained by the Catholic Church in Ireland for the incarceration of young women thought to be a moral danger to themselves and others - unmarried mothers or simply girls who were considered hussies and whores, no better than they should be. With the legal consent of their fathers, they were imprisoned and made to work for no pay in imitation of Mary Magdalene in laundries, always exploited and in many cases sexually abused. The laundries existed until the s, but the very last did not close until
The film recounts the lives of three young women who were condemned to indefinite sentences of servitude in the notorious Magdalene Laundries for various presumed trespasses: one had a child out of wedlock, one was flirtatious, and another had been raped by her cousin. While there they undergo various forms of abuse from the nuns and priests in residence. Directed by Peter Mullan. We see a girl performing oral sex on a man her head bobs back and forth and it is suggested that they engage in intercourse and perhaps other sexual acts. A young man offers a girl money for sexual favors.