NOVITIATE movie poster

Janet's TAKE: #Novitiate is an interesting look at feminism and faith during the radical changes in the Church by Vatican II. B-

An award-worthy performance by
Melissa Leo as Reverend Mother helps raise this slow-moving, introspective story of a young girl's journey of faith and love within the Church to above-average.

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. -Sony Picture Classics

Rating: R for language, some sexuality and nudity
Running Time: 123 minutes

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