“Set in the 1960s when the Catholic Church in Rome ruled on a number of reforms known as Vatican II… director Margaret Betts’ film takes her audience into the cloistered convent with Sister Cathleen, an American nun in training an ocean away. The convent’s old-school Reverend Mother (played with just the right amount of theatrics by Melissa Leo) thinks change is for the weak and that the Sisters of the Blessed Rose are doing just fine in the confines of tradition…. NOVITIATE doesn’t tell a straightforward story of love and sacrifice, of faith and its crises. Betts’s film is ritualistic and enthralling, with a complex feminism woven into its cloth, and it’s something of a blessing”—Julia Cooper, Toronto Globe and Mail. R. 123 Min.
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