The Magdalene Sisters

[Screenshot]“Issue” movies are always problematic. Like them, and you feel like a fool for letting their heartstring-tugging ways blind you to the movie’s cinematic quality. Hate them, and you feel like a heartless bastard for not sympathizing with plight-of-the-day. Usually the safest thing to do isto nod in cursory ackowledgement, allowing them to be competent but no more than that. That approach works well here: it’s adequately acted, adequately shot, and fairly weakly scripted. There’s some decent plotting (Crispina’s entire arc is pretty solid), but all in all the story ends on, I thoguht, a rather weak note: they get sick of it and leave one night? Sounds good, but why not do that sooner?

Anyways, I really didn’t know much about the Magdalene asylums, so I’ll give credit where it’s due for this film bringing me up to speed on that, and apparently in a way that was not actually particularly sensationalistic. It felt oversensationalized though, but I’m not sure how to fix that: how do you make the unthinkable actually believable?

See also: IMDB, Wikipedia.

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About Jake
I'm a mathematics professor at the University of Louisville, and a geek.

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