Magdalene Sisters, The
Source: Catholic News Service
Fact-based but manipulative melodrama set in a 1964 Dublin Catholic-run Magdalene laundry where young women are sent by parents or guardians to work in atonement for alleged sins of the flesh, overseen by vicious nuns who physically beat and psychologically abuse them. Eschewing narrative or character development in favor of caricature, writer-director Peter Mullan presents an oversimplified, worst-case scenario that lacks meaningful insights about the religious and Irish culture of the time. The result is not greater understanding but a skewed depiction of the church as uniformly evil. An exaggerated theme of abusive nuns, brutal beatings, sexual violence including rape and forced oral sex with a priest, an extended scene of dehumanizing full female nudity, an attempted suicide, sporadic rough language and brief profanity. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is O -- morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted.
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