1hr 37mins

Lauren Hadaway's gripping, anxiety-inducing study of the pressures of a university rowing team is an engrossing character study, fronted by a revelatory Isabella Fuhrman, turned arresting psychological thriller.

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Lauren Hadaway
strong language, self-harm

Fuhrman plays Alex, a headstrong freshman in college. Enrolling in the rowing team, she puts her everything into advancing the team to become the top varsity boat. But when determination turns to obsession, the path to victory becomes a destructive one, as the physical and psychological toll of training takes effect…

A remarkably assured, claustrophobically affecting feature debut from writer/director Lauren Hadaway, The Novice perceptively details both the intense personal and interpersonal impact of competitive sport, while championing queer representation in its nuanced protagonist.

Garnering glowing comparisons to Whiplash and Black Swan, it comes to our screens following big wins at last year’s Tribeca film festival, taking home the accolades of Best Narrative Film and Best Actress in a Narrative feature for the fearless Isabella Fuhrman.

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