Spanning over a decade from the early 1950s through to the mid-60s, the new film Novitiate tells the story of a young girl's first initiation with love, in this case with God. Raised by a non-religious, single mother in rural Tennessee, a scholarship to Catholic school soon finds Cathleen drawn into the mystery and romanticism of a life devoted to the worship and servitude of God. With the dawn of the Vatican II era, radical changes in the Church are threatening the course of nuns' lives. As she progresses from the postulant to the novitiate stage of training, she finds her faith repeatedly confronted and challenged by the harsh, often inhumane realities of being a servant of God. Academy Award-winning actress Melissa Leo plays Cathleen's Mother Superior. It's a role that's garner her Oscar buzz. Melissa joined us to share more about the role and the challenges she faced.
Novitiate is rated R. It opens in local theaters on November 3. For more information, visit the movie website.