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The Novice

Lauren Hadaway | 2021 | 97 MINS
USA
A college freshman joins her university's rowing team and undertakes an obsessive physical and psychological journey to make it to the top varsity boat, no matter what the cost.

In Detail

Alex pushes herself to her limits-and beyond, alienating everyone around her in the name of success. Isabelle Furhman's fierce lead performance collides with Lauren Hadaway's bold direction and dynamic editing, creating a visceral window into a cutthroat world.

Stylish cinematography and a seductive soundtrack complete the experience, evoking the romance and danger of falling in love; the attraction, the drama and the fallout. This unapologetic debut from Hadaway, based on her personal experience as a competitive collegiate rower, heralds a bold new voice in queer storytelling.

If you liked 'Whiplash', this one's for you.

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