'Novitiate': Maggie Betts' on the relationship between divorce and Vatican II in the film

“Novitiate” director Maggie Betts told Los Angeles Times staff writer Mark Olsen about a “small but rich canon of memoirs of ex-nuns that started in the ‘80s through the ‘90s“ that she discovered when researching the film.

Olsen recently sat down to discuss “Novitiate” with Betts (“Engram,” “The Carrier”), actress Margaret Qualley (“The Nice Guys”) and actress Julianne Nicholson (“Black Mass”).Set in the early 1960s, “Novitiate” tells the story of a young woman entering a convent that is struggling with the radical doctrinal changes brought by the Vatican II council.

Qualley plays Sister Cathleen, whose first love unfolds through her relationship with God, and Nicholson plays her mother, Nora Harris, who grows apart from her daughter after she wins a scholarship to a Catholic school.

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