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Novitiate ()


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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.

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Reverend Mother
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Sister Genevieve (as Lisa Stewart Seals)
Alyssa Brindley ...
Sister Kate
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Sister Charlotte
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Sister Emily
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Sister Candace
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Sister Cathleen
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Sister Evelyn
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Sister Emanuel
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Sister Anne
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Father Luca
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Nora Harris
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Cathleen Age 7 (as Eliza Mason)
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Local Priest
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Rob - Church Usher
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Chuck Harris
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Sister Gloria
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Sister Eleanor
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Cathleen Age 12
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Nun Teacher
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Sister Margaret
Rosemary Brown ...
Miss Williams
Gabe Beutel-Gunn ...
Nora's Boyfriend
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Sister Mary Grace
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Sister Sissy
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Sister Louisa
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Archbishop McCarthy
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Parent (as Carlee James)
Robert Happy Allen ...
Church Dad (uncredited)
Kirk H. Andersen ...
Churchgoer (uncredited)
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Blessed Sorrows Student (uncredited)
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Student (uncredited)
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Churchgoer (uncredited)
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Professed Nun (uncredited)
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Blessed Sorrow Student (uncredited)
Kenzie Davis ...
Student on School Bus (uncredited)
Francis Dobrisky ...
Wedding Attendee (uncredited)
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Blessed Sorrows Student (uncredited)
Kalista Dwyer ...
Cathleen's Sister (uncredited)
Tallie Fausnaught ...
Cathleen's Sister (uncredited)
Bryan Fields ...
Church Goer (uncredited)
Sydney Franklin ...
Churchgoer (uncredited)
Shayna-Raye Funderburk ...
Cathleen's Sister (uncredited)
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Churchgoer (uncredited)
Ashley Hargrove ...
Sister Nun (uncredited)
Stacy Harris ...
Parent / Churchgoer (uncredited)
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Sister Theresa (uncredited)
Sydney Hoover ...
Blessed Sorrows Student (uncredited)
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Novice Nun (uncredited)
Abram Knott ...
Alter Boy (uncredited)
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Friend of Nora's (uncredited)
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Blessed Sorrows Student (uncredited)
Audrey Louise ...
Cathleen's Sister (uncredited)
Susie Monick ...
Professed Nun (uncredited)
Rachel Mae Moore ...
Cathleen's Sister (uncredited)
Jeromy Nichols ...
Churchgoer (uncredited)
Melissa Nyenhuis ...
Wedding attendee (uncredited)
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Blessed Sorrows Student (uncredited)
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Cathleen's Sister (uncredited)
Monty Powers ...
Parent of Nun (uncredited)
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Blessed Sorrows Student (uncredited)
Jenny Revord ...
Professed Nun (uncredited)
Kadence Riggs ...
Churchgoer (uncredited)
Debbie Swierk ...
Blessed Sorrows Nun (uncredited)
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Blessed Sorrow's Student (uncredited)
Phillip Trammel ...
Novitiate Parent (uncredited)
Kathy Walton ...
Professed Nun (uncredited)
Tonya Webb ...
Parent / Churchgoer (uncredited)
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Church Goer (uncredited)
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Cathleen's Sister (uncredited)
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Churchgoer (uncredited)
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Professed Nun (uncredited)

Directed by

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Maggie Betts

Written by

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Maggie Betts ... (written by)

Produced by

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Jessica Betts ... executive producer
Jenny Halper ... associate producer
Paul A. Levin ... associate producer
Carole Peterman ... producer
Celine Rattray ... producer
Trudie Styler ... producer

Music by

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Christopher Stark

Cinematography by

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Kat Westergaard

Film Editing by

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Susan E. Morse

Editorial Department

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Patrick DeVine ... digital intermediate conform editor
Andrew Francis ... supervising digital colorist: sixteen19
Jacqueline Hall ... post-production intern
Tricia Holmes ... assistant editor / first assistant editor
Charles Leighton ... color assistant
Briana Kay Stodden ... post-production assistant

Casting By

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Sig De Miguel
Stephen Vincent

Production Design by

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John Sanders

Set Decoration by

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Gia Grosso

Costume Design by

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Vanessa Porter

Makeup Department

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Heidi Evora-Santiago ... key makeup artist
Sandy Jo Johnston ... makeup department head
Stacy Lockhart ... makeup artist
Sondra Nottingham ... additional makeup
Michealle Vanderpool ... hair department head/wigmaker
Beka Wilson ... key hair stylist
Steven C. Young ... hair stylist

Production Management

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Ann Gray ... post-production supervisor
Kelly R. Tenney ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Adam Lee ... second second assistant director
Joe May ... first assistant director
Justin Mickelson ... second second assistant director
Scott Rorie ... second assistant director

Art Department

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Megan Bosaw ... set dresser
Brit Doyle ... assistant property master
Shanna Shrum ... art department coordinator
Michael Williamson ... property master (as Jason Williamson)

Sound Department

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Leslie Bloome ... foley artist
Patrick Christensen ... adr mixer
Ryan Collison ... foley mixer
Martin Czembor ... re-recording mixer
Joanna Fang ... foley artist (as Jonathan Fang)
Dave Flynch ... supervising foley editor
Ruy García ... supervising sound editor
Steve Grider ... location sound
David Gullberg ... boom operator
Zachary Noblitt ... utility sound
Nick Seaman ... foley recordist (as Nicholas Seaman)
Luciano Vignola ... dialogue adr editor
Billy Theriot ... ADR mixer (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Michael Fernandes ... visual effects producer
Chris Healer ... visual effects executive producer: The Molecule
David McElfresh ... visual effects producer
Danica Parry ... visual effects artist
Matthew T. Perry ... senior compositor
Ryan Rakes ... digital compositor
John Seppala ... digital compositor
Jesse Speer ... digital compositor

Camera and Electrical Department

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Andy Allmendinger ... electrician
Jacob Alvarez ... b dolly grip
Brent Bailey ... gaffer
Danny Brazen ... key grip
Tyler Buchholz ... grip
Cole Carpenter ... second assistant camera
Armanda Costanza ... camera operator / camera operator: b camera
Tracy Facelli ... second assistant camera: a camera
Alex Gordon ... electrician
Billy Green ... a camera operator / a camera steadicam operator
Kevin Hooper ... grip
Scott Johnson ... first assistant camera: a camera
Sed Lanas ... additional second assistant camera
Mark Levine ... still photographer
David Mellow ... camera operator: a camera
Heather Mitchell ... second assistant camera: b camera
Tiffany Murray ... additional second assistant camera
Erin Naifeh ... b camera first assistant
Will Scott ... best boy electric
Maxx Shores ... dolly grip
Justin Sulham ... grip

Casting Department

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Andrea Cothern ... extras casting associate
Tina Kerr ... extras casting director
Kim Petrosky ... location casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Amanda Steeley Bankins ... key costumer
Mia Flanagan ... costume coordinator
Caryn Frankenfield ... costume supervisor
Jill Ledbetter ... set costumer
Zoey Zimbicki ... costumer

Location Management

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Dee Butler ... location manager

Music Department

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Jasper LeMaster ... recordist
The Nashville Scoring Orchestra ... orchestra
David Shipps ... conductor
Nick Spezia ... music scoring mixer / score recording engineer
Sally Swisher ... music editor
Alan Umstead ... orchestra contractor: concertmaster
Tyler Bradley Walker ... music supervisor

Transportation Department

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Susan McMahon ... driver/ van captain
David Tinsley ... picture car coordinator

Other crew

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Stephanie Adams ... set production assistant
Lauren Carnes ... production coordinator
Felicia Chunn ... production secretary
Merissa Ide Costanza ... script supervisor
Adam Davenport ... Assistant to Ms. Leo / epk/bts producer
Kevin Hooper ... production assistant
Sandra M. Kraft ... production accountant
Rachel Quinn ... payroll accountant
Lisa Riley ... assistant production coordinator
Andrew Roxby ... office production assistant
Alexandra Sedlak ... stand-in
David Silberthau ... coordinator: Development and Production: Maven Pictures
Kelly R. Tenney ... production coordinator

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

1964. Cathleen Harris, in her late teens, has resided at the Convent of the Beloved Rose in her home state in the American south for close to two years, first as a postulant for six months, before taking her first vows to become a novice. Unlike the other postulants and novices, Sister Cathleen was raised in a household without religion, let alone Catholicism. As such, her decision to become a nun, which went against her divorced mother's wishes, may be more secure in her mind than her colleagues for which this life course may be more bred within them. The convent is led by the Mother Abbess, Reverend Mother Marie Saint Clare, whose entire life is this convent off of where she not stepped foot in forty years. Reverend Mother believes she is the voice of God within the walls of the convent, and thus does not tolerate any of the sisters questioning her authority. She also believes that the Catholicism which she has known all her life is perfect. When she receives an edict regarding the Second Vatican Council - more commonly referred to as Vatican II - which, opened in 1962 as a process to make the Catholic church more open to modern ideals, she refuses to implement any of the changes, let alone discuss the edict with any of the sisters, especially with the likes of Sister Mary Grace, the Mistress of Postulants and Novices who has more contemporary views of the church. Sister Cathleen's drive to become a nun is set against this backdrop, her process which is not as easy as it appears to the others, and whether she makes it to nun is affected by the Reverend Mother's strict methods and refusal to modernize. Written by Huggo

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Also Known As
  • Genç Rahibeler (Turkey, Turkish title)
  • La scelta (Italy)
  • Noviciado (Brazil)
  • Nowicjat (Poland)
  • Послушница (Russia)
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Runtime
  • 123 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United States $22,724, 29 Oct 2017

Did You Know?

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Trivia Shot in Tennessee. See more »
Goofs At the beginning of the movie, a train is seen that consists of double stack container cars. The movie is set in the early 1960's but double stack containers were not introduced until 1984. See more »
Movie Connections References The Nun's Story (1959). See more »
Soundtracks Spiegel Im Spiegel See more »
Quotes Reverend Mother: I can feel you, right next to me, for so long. With me all that time, my darling husband. And now you've abandoned me! And you hoped that I would lose faith in you? You imagined that I would just walk out those gates? I cannot. I made a commitment forty years ago. And even if you choose to turn your light from me forever... I am yours. Oh, my darling husband.
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