Novitiate is an upcoming film about Cathleen (Margaret Qualley) a seventeen year old girl who enters a convent after she receives her calling. Although her mother (Julianne Nicholson) objects she leaves and joins a convent run by a very strict Reverend Mother (Melissa Leo).
Since the film takes place in the 1960s, the issue of Vatican II plays a prominent role in this story. Reverend Mother does not believe the church is in need of change, she believes the church is perfect the way it is. During Cathleen’s stay at the convent she starts to distance herself from her mother as a way of following the Reverend Mother’s strict demands to only focus on God without regard for fellow students or family.
Novitiate looks like a mature exploration of the power of faith, warts and all. Considering the Oscar-friendly period drama setting, its award season-friendly release date, its subject matter, and the presence of one Melissa Leo, this could very well be the film that wins Leo her second Best Supporting Actress Oscar.
Novitiate is directed by Margaret Betts and stars Margaret Qualley, Melissa Leo, Dianna Agron, and Morgan Saylor. It will be released in the U.S. on October 27th, 2017 with an as of yet unknown U.K. release date. For international release dates, click here.
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