This very powerful movie tells the story of four Irish girls who were sent to the Magdalene Asylums for various reasons. Some were pregnant, some too beautiful, some mentally ill, others just not wanted by their families. The asylum ran a laundry and the girls were virtual prisoners and slaves. There were many young women who never left the institution but spent the entire lives behind the walls. The Magdalene Sisters is a very moving look at Irish history and the Catholic Church.