Novitiate

133 Minutes • R

Showings

Lark TheaterFri, Dec 29, 2017 1:30 PM Not Available
 
Lark TheaterSun, Dec 31, 2017 4:00 PM Not Available
 
Film Info
Event Type:Movie
Release Year:2017
Rating:R
Genre:Drama
Trailer:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6QrP53BEug&t=8s
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Margaret Betts
Cast:Melissa Leo
Margaret Qualley
Dennis O'Hare
Julianne Nicholson
Screenwriter:Margaret Betts

Description

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.

 

A stirring, soulful convent drama from first-time director Maggie Betts features Melissa Leo in an Oscar-worthy performance as Mother Superior. The film is a potent provocation shot through with grit and grace. - Rolling Stone
 
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. - New York Post