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Novitiate (2017)

R | | Drama | 20 January 2017 (USA)
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Set in the early 1960s and during the era of Vatican II, a young woman in training to become a nun struggles with issues of faith, the changing church and sexuality.

Director:

Maggie Betts

Writer:

Maggie Betts
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Melissa Leo ... Reverend Mother
Lisa Stewart ... Sister Genevieve (as Lisa Stewart Seals)
Alyssa Brindley Alyssa Brindley ... Sister Kate
Chelsea Lopez ... Sister Charlotte
Liana Liberato ... Sister Emily
Eline Powell ... Sister Candace
Margaret Qualley ... Sister Cathleen
Morgan Saylor ... Sister Evelyn
Rebecca Dayan ... Sister Emanuel
Hannah Renèe Jackson ... Sister Anne
Marco St. John ... Father Luca
Julianne Nicholson ... Nora Harris
Eliza Stella Mason ... Cathleen Age 7 (as Eliza Mason)
Bill Shick ... Local Priest
Danny Vinson ... Rob - Church Usher
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Storyline

1964. Cathleen Harris, in her late teens, has resided at the Convent of the Beloved Rose in her home state in the American south for close to two years, first as a postulant for six months, before taking her first vows to become a novice. Unlike the other postulants and novices, Sister Cathleen was raised in a household without religion, let alone Catholicism. As such, her decision to become a nun, which went against her divorced mother's wishes, may be more secure in her mind than her colleagues for which this life course may be more bred within them. The convent is led by the Mother Abbess, Reverend Mother Marie Saint Clare, whose entire life is this convent off of where she not stepped foot in forty years. Reverend Mother believes she is the voice of God within the walls of the convent, and thus does not tolerate any of the sisters questioning her authority. She also believes that the Catholicism which she has known all her life is perfect. When she receives an edict regarding the ... Written by Huggo

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Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some sexuality and nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

20 January 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Novitiate See more »

Filming Locations:

Nashville, Tennessee, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,724, 29 October 2017

Gross USA:

$580,346

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$580,346
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Premiered at 2017 Sundance Film Festival, where it was acquired by Sony Pictures Classics. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the movie, a train is seen that consists of double stack container cars. The movie is set in the early 1960's but double stack containers were not introduced until 1984. See more »

Quotes

[singing Exodus 4:15 repetitively]
Nuns: You shall speak to him / And put the words in his mouth / And I will be with your mouth / And with his mouth / And will teach you both what to do.
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Connections

References The Nun's Story (1959) See more »

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Stunning
5 October 2018 | by djdonaghueSee all my reviews

Beautifully done- subject matter totally captured and revelatory for both the devout and agnostic. Captured the time period while conveying a timely relevance of what is faith and belief and acceptance. Ms. Betts has hit this out of the proverbial ball park. Performances by all were stellar. Cinematography captured each mood swing. Do not miss this.


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