March 14, 2018
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 mother in rural Tennessee, a scholarship to a catholic school soon finds Cathleen drawn into the mystery and romanticism of a life devoted to worship and servitude. With the dawn of Vatican II, radical changes in the church are threatening the course of nuns’ lives. As she progresses from the postulant to the novitiate stage of training, Cathleen finds her faith repeatedly confronted and challenged by the harsh realities of being a servant of God.
In this quietly moving drama about nuns on the cusp of great change, questions of faith and devotion are explored with sensitivity and grace. Technically flawless, Novitiate is openhearted and without judgement. In addition, it is a strong period piece especially in the costume work for the wedding dresses representing marriage to God.
“A piercing, immersive and superbly played convent drama.” - Guy Lodge, Variety
4 - 5:03 & 7 - 9:03
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