WIFF | FILMS

NOVITIATE

Review

Director:

Margaret Betts

Genre:

Drama

Country:

USA

Rated:

14A

Year:

2017

Language:

English

Runtime:

123 Minutes

Description:

Novitiate is a piercing, immersive, and superbly played convent drama in which the suppression of speech is witnessed at both an individual and institutional level.

Seventeen-year-old Cathleen's home life is seldom peaceful, but in the church and God, she finds the love that she is missing. Further entranced by the nuns at her school, Cathleen announces she is entering the convent. There she finds a harsh environment of devotion, the strict hand of the Reverend Mother, and the companionship of other girls similarly eager to show their love for God.

A coming-of-age story set against the backdrop of Vatican II and the massive reforms to the Catholic Church in the 1960s, Novitiate is a stirring exploration about women finding themselves, their faith, and their passions beyond religion.

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