Director: Peter Mullan; script: Peter Mullan; cinematography: Nigel Willoughby; editing: Colin Monie; production design: Mark Leese; costume design: Trisha Biggar; music: Craig Armstrong; casting: Margaret McGowan; producer: Frances Higson; production company: PFP Films; Italian distribution: Lucky Red; duration: 119’.

Cast: Geraldine McEwan, Anne-Marie Duff, Nora-Jane Noone, Dorothy Duffy, Eileen Walsh, Mary Murray, Britta Smith, Rebecca Walsh, Eamonn Owens, Chris Simpson, Daniel Costello


In Ireland, up to and beyond the Sixties, young women ‘fallen from grace’ were locked up in the Magdalene Asylums, lager-laundries run by the Catholic Church. Based on true stories, the film reconstructs the tragic experience of four of them, on the eve of the emancipation of women. Winner of the Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival 2002



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