First Trailer for Sundance Nun Drama 'Novitiate' Featuring Melissa Leo

August 4, 2017
Source: YouTube

Novitiate Trailer

"Do you think the Church is in need of change?" Sony Pictures Classics has unveiled the first official trailer for an indie drama titled Novitiate, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. Unlike the dirty nuns comedy that played at Sundance called The Little Hours, this one is a much more serious, straight-faced drama about a young nun in Catholic school in the 1960s. Melissa Leo stars as Reverend Mother Marie St. Claire, a ruthless mother superior who runs the school and disapproves of the new reform movement in the Catholic church. The story focuses on Cathleen, played by Margaret Qualley, a young initiate who struggles with issues of faith, sexuality, and recent changes in the Church life. The cast includes Liana Liberato, Dianna Agron, Eline Powell, Julianne Nicholson, Morgan Saylor, Chris Zylka, and Denis O'Hare. I've heard some good things about this, but I don't think it's a film for me. Have a look.

Here's the first official trailer for Margaret Betts' Novitiate, direct from YouTube:

Novitiate Movie

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 (Margaret Qualley) 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 arriving, 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. Novitiate is written and directed by American filmmaker Margaret "Maggie" Betts, making her feature directorial debut after a short film and doc (The Carrier) previously. This first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. Sony Classics will release Betts' Novitiate in select theaters starting October 27th this fall. Curious?

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    Nuns are essentially volunteers in the Catholic church.
    • TheOct8pus
      Nuns have all the funs
  • shiboleth
    I don't care about churches or religions or faith. Consider them as entities in decaying process. But human's destinies inside of them are something different. And in that respect, this looks interesting ...
  • Bo sure is a film for me. I love these kinds of 'slice and dice 'em' films taking organizied religion and the Catholic Church to task. One of my all time favorites is the great Ken Russell's The Devils, with Oliver Reed and Vanessa Redgrave from 1971. Although this will certainly be no The Devils (what is?) it might still be worth a look and see. It has a good cast, so there's that.
  • What an insane way of life.




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