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Novitiate

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Novitiate

“A deeply respectful and serious meditation on what it meant, back in the day, to utterly and forever give one’s life over to Christ and the church. For non-Catholics, it’s a fascinating glimpse behind the veil.” (Austin Chronicle)

Filmmaker Margaret Betts develops this sensitive and profound account of Cathleen (Margaret Qualley), a young woman raised by a single mother in rural Tennessee, whose spiritual hunger sets her on an unexpected path: to a nunnery. Her religious passion mixes with adolescent yearnings, tradition, and change as she’s drawn into the mystery and romanticism of a life devoted to worshiping and serving God. Ruling the nunnery with an iron fist, Melissa Leo offers a bravura performance as the reverend mother who must contend with her young charges and her own steadfast faith at a time when Vatican II shakes her world with its major doctrinal changes.

Tickets: $8 (members), $13 (nonmembers)



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