Novitiate | Denver Film Society | Margaret Betts | USA

Novitiate

Margaret Betts

EnglishUSA2017123 min

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Overview

At the dawn of the Vatican II era in the mid–20th century, radical changes are afoot in the Catholic Church, throwing the lives and careers of nuns worldwide into confusion. At the same time, young Cathleen—a girl from rural Tennessee who has found religion despite her single mother's lack thereof—has progressed from the postulant to the novitiate stage of training for the sisterhood. But her womanhood is also beginning, and she soon finds that her faith is being challenged by the harsh, often inhumane realities of life as a servant of God.

Melissa Leo (The Fighter, The Big Short) leads a strong cast of rising stars in this drama from promising first-time feature filmmaker Maggie Betts, who saw in her research on this period of upheaval in the Church "a unique and profound way to explore the subject of the way women love.”


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Producer: Carole Peterman, Celine Rattray, Trudie Styler | Editor: Susan E. Morse | Cinematographer: Kat Westergaard | Screenwriter: Margaret Betts
Cast: Liana Liberato, Margaret Qualley, Dianna Agron, Eline Powell, Melissa Leo