This is sad, sad, sad, very sad, but the story is important. The movie claims that it is fiction at the end, but the sad, sad truth is that this kind of thing DID REALLY happen. I'm part Irish, I've been to Ireland and had some very romantic ideas about the place. I'm thankful that my great grandfather escaped Ireland and made the US his home. No country is perfect. US certainly has its problems, too. I had believed it was the English that made life a living hell for so many Irish, but the sad truth is that the Irish also made hell for each other and the Catholic Church and the Church of England had much to do with it. Punishing and victimizing the weakest members of any society is the most demonic and unchristian thing imaginable. Even though this story is not based, supposedly, on any one person's story, I cry to think that any part of humanity could be so evil. I just watched a series here, SINGLE-HANDED, that also touches on some of the very dark Irish history, not that long ago. One of the characters said, 'People come here and think it's so beautiful, but I don't think they know what they are looking at.' I just Googled some human rights abuses in Ireland, to get some facts.