The Bottom Line
- Powerful film
- Amazing performances
- Winner: Best Picture, Venice Film Festival
- Unrelenting Bleak (until triumphant ending)
- Starring: Anne-Marie Duff, Nora-Jane Noone, Dorothy Duffy, and Geraldine McEwan.
- Directed by Peter Mullins (Orphans).
- DVD special features include acclaimed original expose "Sex In A Cold Climate."
- Marcy's #2 top film of 2003.
- Screened at the New York International film Festival.
- Rated R.
- A Miramax Home Entertainment release.
Guide Review - DVD Review
The three girls who shape the narrative of the film are Margaret, Rose, and Bernadette. Margaret (Anne-Marie Duff) is raped by her cousin at a wedding and makes the mistake of telling her family. Rose (Dorothy Duffy) has given birth to an illegitimate child. Orphan Bernadette (Nora-Jane Noone) is extraordinarily pretty; the young girls at the orphanage want to brush her hair, and local boys try to flirt with her. These are the girls' "crimes." They are sent to the Magadelene Ayslums on the same day.
We watch them slowly comprehend the horror of their fate, and as the years pass, they adjust to the horrific reality of their lives at the asylum. The varying ways these women cope with their circumstances - from mental breakdowns to wielding heavy golden candelabras at the heads of cowering nuns -- is spellbinding.