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Directed by Margaret Betts
United States, 2017


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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Novitiate Directed by Margaret Betts

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  • Michael Peer's rating of the film Novitiate

    There is an old saying that says 90% of directing is casting. The truth is that Margaret Betts did a phenomenal job casting her film but not much else. Expect an Oscar nomination for Melissa Leo. Besides her cast, when it's the director's time to shine or when her A-listers are off screen, she fails miserably as we can see in the laughably clumsy opening childhood sequence and her visionless camera movement.