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Movie Review – Novitiate (2017)

Novitiate, 2017.

Written and Directed by Margaret Betts.

Starring Margaret Qualley, Julianne Nicholson, Dianna Agron, Liana Liberato, Denis O’Hare, Eline Powell, Morgan Saylor, Maddie Hasson, Ashley Bell, Chelsea Lopez, Rebecca Dayan, Chris Zylka, and Melissa Leo.

Synopsis:

Set in the early 1960s and during the era of Vatican II, a young woman in training to become a nun struggles with issues of faith, the changing church and sexuality

In the 1960s, as a young 12-year old girl Cathleen (later played by Margaret Qualley as a teenager in a multilayered, quiet, and moving performance) is taken to Catholic church for the first time by her lovingly flawed mother Nora (Julianne Nicholson), and going against typical child beliefs, she states she enjoyed it. “It was peaceful”. This is a stark contrast to her home life where it’s quickly made clear that mommy and daddy are constantly verbally fighting, prompting him to
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'Novitiate' Review: And Then There Were Nuns in Stirring, Soulful Convent Drama

'Novitiate' Review: And Then There Were Nuns in Stirring, Soulful Convent Drama
Don't mess with Melissa Leo. As Novitiate's Reverend Mother Marie St. Claire, the boss lady who calls the shots at the fictional Tennessee convent where this religious drama is based, the actress gives the kind of bravura performance that not only sparks Oscar talk but richly deserves it. She finds the tyrant in this woman of God without neglecting her aching vulnerability as she tries to hold to the ground while the ground keeps shifting.

The time is 1964, and the Sisters of the Sacred Rose, a cloistered order, are
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'Novitiate': Melissa Leo Gets Tough on 1960s Nuns (Exclusive Video)

'Novitiate': Melissa Leo Gets Tough on 1960s Nuns (Exclusive Video)
Melissa Leo leaves no room for error in The Hollywood Reporter's exclusive clip of Novitiate.

The Sony Pictures Classics drama stars Margaret Qualley as a young woman who is training to become a nun but struggles with issues of faith, the changing Catholic Church and sexuality during the early 1960s and the era of Vatican II — a controversial period after which over 90,000 nuns left their orders. Leo plays the convent's stern Reverend Mother, as seen in the clip of the postulants' first day of instruction.

Julianne Nicholson, Dianna Agron, Morgan Saylor and Liana Liberto are also among...
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Novitiate (2017) Movie Trailer: Melissa Leo & Margaret Qualley’s Religious Journeys Intertwine

Novitiate Trailer Margaret BettsNovitiate (2017) movie trailer stars Margaret Qualley, Melissa Leo, Morgan Saylor, Dianna Agron, and Julianne Nicholson. Novitiate‘s plot synopsis: “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. [...]

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

"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.
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‘Novitiate’ Trailer: Melissa Leo and Margaret Qualley Grapple with a Radically Evolving Church

Premiering at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year where writer-director Maggie Betts picked up the Breakthrough Director award, Novitiate explores the life of those in a convent in the early 1960s in a time of great religious change. Starring Margaret Qualley, Melissa Leo, Morgan Saylor, Dianna Agron, Julianne Nicholson, Liana Liberato, Denis O’Hare, and Maddie Hasson, the first trailer has now arrived ahead of an October release.

“Written and directed by Maggie Betts, Novitiate is a rare behind-the-scenes look in a pre-Vatican II (1962) convent in the 1950s and 60s at a time of extreme social change. The equally harrowing and frank Novitiate, like Martin Scorsese’s Silence, is about the dangerous consequences and ends in which those that have heard the calling are willing to go,” we said in our review. “The drama traces the journey of Sister Cathleen, played in a star-making turn by Margaret Qualley (The Nice Guys
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‘Novitiate’ Trailer: Margaret Qualley Falls In Love With God

The power of faith is easy to underestimate, and in a culture that seems to easily categorize belief into the faithful, faithless, and atheist, “Novitiate” offers a counterpoint. Earning strong buzz at Sundance, the film is now headed to the fall festivals, and a powerful new trailer is here.

Margaret Qualley, Julianne Nicholson, Dianna Agron, Morgan Saylor, and Melissa Leo star in the drama that follows a young woman, raised without religion, who finds her calling with God by becoming a nun.

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‘Novitiate’ Trailer: Margaret Qualley Gives a Revelatory Performance in This Indie Religious Drama

‘Novitiate’ Trailer: Margaret Qualley Gives a Revelatory Performance in This Indie Religious Drama
If you’re a fan of HBO’s “The Leftovers,” then you definitely are familiar with Margaret Qualley. The 22-year-old actress spent three seasons as Jill Garvey, the angsty teenage daughter of Justin Theroux’s character, but Qualley is about to become a major indie breakthrough with the upcoming release of “Novitiate.”

Read More‘Novitiate’ Review: Margaret Qualley Is Stellar As A Young Nun In Love

Marking the feature debut of Margaret Betts, the movie premiered to acclaim at Sundance earlier this year, where IndieWire raved, “Despite its 123-minute runtime, the film is impeccably edited and packed with such rich storytelling that it never lags. The film is Betts’ feature-length narrative debut and it’s a strong vehicle for showing off her formidable talents.”

Novitiate” stars Qualley as Cathleen, a starry-eyed teenager who is training to become a nun. Her allegiance and faith are tested under the stern eye of Melissa Leo’s Reverend Mother.
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Maggie Betts to Co-Write and Direct Political Drama for Focus Features

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Novitiate” writer-director Maggie Betts has booked her follow-up to the coming-of-age nun drama. Deadline reports that she’s sold an untitled original pitch to Focus Features. Little is known about the project except that it’s a contemporary political drama and Betts will direct. She’ll also pen the script along with Andy Bellin (“Lovelace”).

Maven PicturesCeline Rattray and Trudie Styler are set to produce, while Josh McLaughlin will oversee the movie for Focus.

Novitiate,” Betts’ first narrative feature, premiered at Sundance back in January. She won the Breakthrough Director award at the fest. Sony Pictures Classics snagged the rights to the film and is planning a release this fall. The 1960s-set drama follows Cathleen (Margaret Qualley, “The Leftovers”), a young woman who is raised by a non-religious single mother in rural Tennessee. A scholarship to a Catholic School leads Cathleen down a religious path where she pursues a life devoted to God, but on her journey to becoming a nun, she begins to question her faith. The nearly-all-female cast includes Melissa Leo (“The Fighter”), Dianna Agron (“Glee”), Julianne Nicholson (“Masters of Sex”), and Morgan Saylor (“White Girl,” “Homeland”).

“Focus has made a concerted effort to bolster its roster of female directors,” Deadline observes. “Counting the new deal with Betts, it has put six such films in the mix: the Niki Caro-directed ‘The Zookeeper’s Wife,’ the Julia Decournau-directed ‘Raw,’ the Sofia Coppola-directed ‘The Beguiled,’ the Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre-directed ‘Mustang’ and most recently the Massy Tadjedin-directed ‘Circle Of Treason.’” In 2016 Focus released women-directed titles such as Lorene Scafaria’s “The Meddler,” Rebecca Miller’s “Maggie’s Plan,” Meera Menon’s “Equity,” and Maren Ade’s “Toni Erdmann.”

Betts previously helmed the documentary “The Carrier,” a portrait of an HIV-positive and pregnant mother, and “Engram,” a short about an elderly man and woman who reconnect after many years.

Check out a video of Betts and the stars of “Novitiate” discussing what drew them to the project. They explain how rare — and appealing — it was to work on a female-led story.

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Aptly titled the American Independent Film Awards (aka AIFAs), they were voted on by international film festival programmers, U.S. based film festival programmers, and North American film critics (including yours truly.) “First and foremost, we would like to thank all film producers and distribution companies who helped us identify qualifying films and outline the categories. We’d also like to thank the international and American based film festival programmers, and
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Sundance Review: ‘Novitiate’ is a Harrowing, Frank Spiritual Drama

Written and directed by Maggie Betts, Novitiate is a rare behind-the-scenes look in a pre-Vatican II (1962) convent in the 1950s and 60s at a time of extreme social change. The equally harrowing and frank Novitiate, like Martin Scorsese’s Silence, is about the dangerous consequences and ends in which those that have heard the calling are willing to go. The drama traces the journey of Sister Cathleen, played in a star-making turn by Margaret Qualley (The Nice Guys), an America teen from a troubled family who attends Catholic school and becomes enchanted by the notion of an otherworldly love.

Novitiate’s brutality at the convent is grounded in a story that unfortunately proves to be the film’s weakest link with a too on-the-nose backstory involving her mother Nora (Julianne Nicholson) and father Chuck (Chris Zlyka). It’s a plot point the film sloppily speeds through on its way to
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Sundance 2017 Winners Include ‘I don’t feel at home in this world anymore.’ and ‘Dina’

The 2017 Sundance Film Festival is coming to a close with tonight’s awards ceremony. While we’ll have our personal favorites coming early this week, the jury and audience have responded with theirs, topped by Macon Blair‘s I don’t feel at home in this world anymore., which will arrive on Netflix in late February, and the documentary Dina. Check out the full list of winners below see our complete coverage here.

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Everyone at Sundance Is Wearing These Turtlenecks and Tights – Here’s How to Get Your Own

Everyone at Sundance Is Wearing These Turtlenecks and Tights – Here’s How to Get Your Own
If you’ve been flipping through our Sundance style gallery – and of course you have, because where else would you get all your coat- and boot-spiration? – you may have noticed a few themes. The first: Everyone is wearing jeans or tights (duh, it’s cold). The second: Parkas are becoming a fashion statement in their own right. The third: Layering dresses over turtlenecks is the new hotness. And as it turns out, one brand in particular has cornered the market on the tights and turtlenecks every star was using as the foundations of their outfits.

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Film Review: Novitiate: Simply Stunning Debut [Sundance 2017]

Novitiate Review Novitiate (2017), Film Review from the 33rd Annual Sundance Film Festival, a movie directed by Margaret “Maggie” Betts, starring Margaret Qualley, Melissa Leo, Julianne Nicholson, Dianna Agron, and Morgan Saylor. Though coming-of-age stories have been a staple of film for decades, this simply stunning debut from first-time director Margaret “Maggie” Betts renews faith in the genre and manages to give it new life. The film […]
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Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Catholic Nun Drama ‘Novitiate’ — Sundance 2017

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Sony Pictures Classics Acquires Catholic Nun Drama ‘Novitiate’ — Sundance 2017
Sony Pictures Classics is finalizing a deal to acquire the worldwide rights to the drama “Novitiate,” which premiered Friday in the Sundance Film Festival’s U.S. Dramatic Competition section. The deal was somewhere in the seven figures, Deadline reports.

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Directed by Margaret Betts and set primarily in 1964 and 1965, the film centers on a young woman training to become a nun named Cathleen (Margaret Qualley). The teen struggles with faith, sexuality, and her relationship with the domineering Reverend Mother (Melissa Leo). The movie co-stars Julianne Nicholson, Dianna Agron, and Morgan Saylor.

“Both introspective and entertaining, Betts never forgets that her young nuns are still teenage girls, and ‘Novitiate’ rings as true as any other film about coming of age,” IndieWire’s Kate Erbland wrote in her review of the film. Carole Peterman, Celine Rattray and Trudie Styler served as producers,
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Sony Pictures Classics At Altar With ‘Novitiate’ – Sundance

Exclusive: Things are loosening up on the ground here at the Sundance Film Festival after last night’s massive deal for The Big Sick. Sony Pictures Classics is closing up a mid-seven-figure worldwide rights deal for Novitiate, the Maggie Betts-directed drama that premiered Friday afternoon at the Eccles. The film, which stars Margaret Qualley, Melissa Leo, Julianne Nicholson, Dianna Agron, Maddie Hasson and Morgan Saylor, focuses on a young woman (Qualley) who is training…
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27 Eye-Popping Portraits From TheWrap’s Sundance Studio Presented by Kia (Exclusive Photos)

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27 Eye-Popping Portraits From TheWrap’s Sundance Studio Presented by Kia (Exclusive Photos)
John Legend, Jeremy Renner and Holly Hunter among the stars shot by photographer Jana Cruder at TheWrap’s studio presented by Kia. Director Alexandre Moors and actors Tye Sheridan and Jack Huston, “The Yellow Birds” Photographed by Jana Cruder for TheWrap. Actors Aldis Hodge, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Anthony Hemingway, John Legend and Misha Green, “Underground” Photographed by Jana Cruder for TheWrap. Actors Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen, “Wind River” Photographed by Jana Cruder for TheWrap Actors Morgan Saylor, Margaret Qualley, Dianna Agron, Maggie Betts, “Novitiate” Photographed by Jana Cruder for TheWrap. Actor Matt Bomer, director Alex Smith, actor Bill Pullman, director
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