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Series Info
Series:Coming Soon
Women's March
Film Info
Runtime:123 minutes
Director:Margaret Betts
Year Released:2017
Production Country:USA


“An excellent feature debut for Betts. Melissa Leo may be the standout element - this performance becomes a small masterpiece."
- Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times

“Filled with superior performances and packed with such rich storytelling."
- Kate Erbland, Indiewire

“Piercing, immersive and superbly played."
- Guy Lodge, Variety

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 threatening 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.