September 22, 2017 SFM Admin

Smoke-Free TIFF Presents: Novitiate

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Novitiate (2017)

Reviewed by: Rachael Bentley

Novitiate, is a 14A film that was screened at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. It is about a young adult raised by Roman Catholic nuns who marries the Church which she then challenges after going through some detrimental changes in the early 1960’s. It is directed by Maggie Betts and stars Margaret Qualley, Melissa Leo, Julianne Nicholson, Dianna Agron, Morgan Saylor, Liana Liberato and many more.

Overall, the film Novitiate was an excellent choice of movie to make. I was raised Roman Catholic as a male. I now see a clear vision of what it is like to be a woman in the community of the church. I grew up near a place called the Madonna House, where both male and female from all walks of the earth are welcomed into the church and live life committed to the church. I never understood what it truly is like in some cases until I watched this film. Great movie, would recommend.

Was there smoking in the movie? No, there was no tobacco use.


Did the character appear less believable/realistic because they did not use tobacco? No, without the tobacco use, it certainly did not affect the plot of the movie.

Why do you think the movie-makers chose to keep tobacco out of this movie? I think the filmmakers chose to take tobacco usage out of the movie because it is not needed-especially in a religious movie.



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