Grand Jury Prize ~ Dramatic
Sundance Film Festival
Special Jury Prize ~ Dramatic (Breakthrough Director)
Sundance Film Festival
In a time of reflexive irony and glib sophistication, Ms. Betts has made a lovely film about love of God.
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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 of and servitude to God.

Played at

Music Hall, 12.22.17 - 1.18.18
Royal, 12.09.17 - 12.17.17
Monica Film Center, 11.24.17 - 12.07.17
Playhouse 7, 11.03.17 - 11.19.17
Town Center 5, 11.03.17 - 11.16.17
Rated R Closed Captioning Available Closed Captioning Available
Runtime: 123 min
Language: English

Director: Margaret Betts
Cast: Dianna Agron, Liana Liberato, Maddie Hasson, Margaret Qualley, Melissa Leo, Morgan Slade

  • Nominee, Grand Jury Prize ~ Dramatic, Sundance Film Festival
  • Winner, Special Jury Prize ~ Dramatic (Breakthrough Director), Sundance Film Festival
FEATURED REVIEW: Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
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