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FILM OPENS: November 17, 2017

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Spanning over a decade from the early 1950s through to the mid-60s, NOVITIATE is about a young girl's first initiation with love, in this case with God. Raised by a non-religious, single mother in rural Tennessee, a scholarship to Catholic school soon finds Cathleen drawn into the mystery and romanticism of a life devoted to the worship and servitude of God. With the dawn of the Vatican II era, radical changes in the Church are threating the course of nuns’ lives. As she progresses from the postulant to the novitiate stage of training, she finds her faith repeatedly confronted and challenged by the harsh, often inhumane realities of being a servant of God. Cathleen finds herself struggling with issues of faith, sexuality, and recent changes in life of the Church.

  • Director: Margaret Betts
  • Country: USA
  • Genre: Drama
  • Year: 2017
  • Run Time: 02:03:00
  • imdb Score: 6.9/10 (75 votes)
  • Language: English
  • Rating: R
  • Cast: Liana Liberato, Melissa Leo, Margaret Qualley
"NOVITIATE offers harrowing moments that could have had more impact with a slower tempo."
John Fink - THE FILM STAGE

"It's thought-provoking, occasionally melodramatic fare that should definitely garner some award nominations for Leo, who could put the fear of God into anybody."
Sara Stewart - NEW YORK POST

"The tension Leo can generate simply by entering a room is extraordinary; the folds in her wimple look like extra neck tendons."
Justin Chang - LOS ANGELES TIMES

AWARDS

Sundance Film Festival 2017
Special Jury Prize - Director

FESTIVALS

Toronto Int'l Film Festival 2017