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It has been released on Netflix

An ex-war nurse (Florence Pugh) is employed to go to a bleak Irish village in 1862, where she finds herself forced to make sense between fact and fiction, religion and science, and stories and reality.

The story is inspired by the very real “fasting girls” that first appeared around the middle ages. often orchestrated by families in an attempt to bring blessings & money to their traumatized communities in a post-famine era. This movie is set against the backdrop of Ireland’s Great Famine and looks at the ways in which society’s ills perversely make girls feel like they need to punish themselves.

I think it is a great snapshot of all the societal forces at play for teenage girls way back then - and now.

It has been released on Netflix An ex-war nurse (Florence Pugh) is employed to go to a bleak Irish village in 1862, where she finds herself forced to make sense between fact and fiction, religion and science, and stories and reality. The story is inspired by the very real “fasting girls” that first appeared around the middle ages. often orchestrated by families in an attempt to bring blessings & money to their traumatized communities in a post-famine era. This movie is set against the backdrop of Ireland’s Great Famine and looks at the ways in which society’s ills perversely make girls feel like they need to punish themselves. I think it is a great snapshot of all the societal forces at play for teenage girls way back then - and now.

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Haven’t seen the series (yet), but I read the book and it was fantastic! Highly recommend!😀

Ooo thanks - just found this short interview with the author Emma Donoghue