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I think this film is an amazing, thought-provoking commentary on a chapter of history that should not be forgotten. The acting too is superb, particularly, I felt, in the performances of Nora-Jane Noone and Eileen Walsh as Bernadette and Crispina. Nora-Jane Noone succeeds perfectly in portraying an immensely complex individual, whose character arc moves between displays of feisty intelligence, increasing vidictiveness and apathy. At the same time you're forced to both love her and hate her, but with the premise of the film as it is, you really can't hate her for long.
With this film, Mullan succeeds in highlighting a tragic chapter in our history, one in which the repercussions will still be being felt for a long time to come. Although some people have accused him of creating a caricatured 'prison flick', this really is not the case. The film commands your attention throughout and definitely gets its message across.