Novitiate Soundtrack (

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Rating: 6.70/10 from 5000 votes
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1964. Cathleen Harris, in her late teens, has resided at the Convent of the Beloved Rose in her home state in the American south for close to two years, first as a postulant for six months, before taking her first vows to become a novice. Unlike the other postulants and novices, Sister Cathleen was raised in a household without religion, let alone Catholicism. As such, her decision to become a nun, which went against her divorced mother's wishes, may be more secure in her mind than her colleagues for which this life course may be more bred within them.

The convent is led by the Mother Abbess, Reverend Mother Marie Saint Clare, whose entire life is this convent off of where she not stepped foot in forty years. Reverend Mother believes she is the voice of God within the walls of the convent, and thus does not tolerate any of the sisters questioning her authority. She also believes that the Catholicism which she has known all her life is perfect.

When she receives an edict regarding the Second Vatican Council - more commonly referred to as Vatican II - which, opened in 1962 as a process to make the Catholic church more open to modern ideals, she refuses to implement any of the changes, let alone discuss the edict with any of the sisters, especially with the likes of Sister Mary Grace, the Mistress of Postulants and Novices who has more contemporary views of the church.

Sister Cathleen's drive to become a nun is set against this backdrop, her process which is not as easy as it appears to the others, and whether she makes it to nun is affected by the Reverend Mother's strict methods and refusal to modernize.

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Pie Jesu
Gabriel Fauré: Writer
Edward Elgar: Composer
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We hymn Thee
In Paradisum
Spiritual song
Spiegel Im Spiegel

User reviews

Jennifer King

The soundtrack's subtle use of silence and minimalistic instrumentation creates a sense of tension and anticipation, reflecting the strict and oppressive atmosphere of the convent.

John Miller

The score's gradual build-up of intensity mirrors Sister Cathleen's own emotional journey, culminating in a powerful and cathartic musical climax that resonates with the film's themes of self-discovery and empowerment.

Joshua Brown

The use of choral arrangements in the soundtrack adds a layer of spirituality and reverence to the film, enhancing the themes of devotion and sacrifice present in the story.

Lisa Adams

I found the soundtrack of Novitiate to be quite underwhelming and uninspiring. The music failed to evoke any emotional connection with the characters or the storyline, leaving the scenes feeling flat and lacking depth.

Patricia Brown

The haunting melodies in the soundtrack evoke a sense of isolation and introspection, mirroring Sister Cathleen's feelings of being torn between her personal desires and her commitment to her faith.

Anthony Lee

Overall, the soundtrack of Novitiate is a poignant and evocative complement to the film, enhancing the emotional depth and authenticity of the narrative.

Donald Brown

The use of choral arrangements and sacred music in the soundtrack of Novitiate adds a layer of authenticity and reverence to the portrayal of life within the convent, enriching the viewer's understanding of the characters' spiritual journeys.

Lisa Martinez

The music in Novitiate creates a haunting and immersive atmosphere that enhances the overall tone of the film, drawing the audience deeper into the story and characters' experiences.

Deborah Phillips

Overall, I believe the soundtrack of Novitiate missed the mark in capturing the essence of the story and failed to leave a lasting impression on me as a viewer.

Anthony Young

The soundtrack of Novitiate perfectly captures the emotional depth and inner struggle of Sister Cathleen as she navigates the challenges of her journey to become a nun.

Robert Miller

The soundtrack of Novitiate perfectly captures the emotional turmoil and inner struggles of Sister Cathleen as she navigates her journey towards becoming a nun.

Linda Martinez

The choice of music also felt out of place at times, not blending well with the period setting of the film. It seemed like the soundtrack missed the opportunity to enhance the overall atmosphere and mood of the convent life portrayed in the movie.