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Movie Review: 'The Magdalene Sisters'

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Movie Review: 'The Magdalene Sisters'

Movie Review: 'The Magdalene Sisters'

Movie Review: 'The Magdalene Sisters'

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Film critic David Edelstein reviews The Magdalene Sisters by Scottish writer/director Peter Mullan. It's based on Ireland's actual Magdalene Asylums where Catholic girls accused of "moral crimes" (anything from getting pregnant, to being too attractive, to accusing a man of rape) were sent to work in laundries to atone for their sins. These virtual prisons finally closed their doors in 1996.