Maggie Betts’s debut film, “Novitiate,’ details the experiences of Kathleen, a young woman who decides to become a part of the Catholic Church as a nun. Set in the early 1960’s, viewers are invited to witness Kathleen grapple with issues of sexuality and her own personal faith, as her training proves to be much tougher and demanding than expected. Her story spans a decade, paralleling the times of radical historical change within the church. The film was showcased at the Sundance Film Festival and met with positive feedback. Check out the trailer below:
“Novitiate” is being shown at the Michigan Theater until December 17. Tickets for students are $7, with ID.