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Saint Maud (2019)

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Follows a pious nurse who becomes dangerously obsessed with saving the soul of her dying patient.

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Rose Glass

Writer:

Rose Glass
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Morfydd Clark ... Maud
Jennifer Ehle ... Amanda
Lily Knight ... Joy
Lily Frazer ... Carol
Turlough Convery ... Christian
Rosie Sansom Rosie Sansom ... Ester
Marcus Hutton ... Richard
Carl Prekopp Carl Prekopp ... Homeless Pat
Noa Bodner ... Hilary
Takatsuna Mukai Takatsuna Mukai ... Hiro
Jel Djelal ... Barman
Joanna Richardson Joanna Richardson ... Old Woman
Jonathan Milshaw Jonathan Milshaw ... Handsome Man
Fiona Thompson ... Nurse
Sona Vyas ... Agency Woman 1
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There, but for the grace of God, goes Maud, a reclusive young nurse whose impressionable demeanor causes her to pursue a pious path of Christian devotion after an obscure trauma. Now charged with the hospice care of Amanda, a retired dancer ravaged by cancer, Maud's fervent faith quickly inspires an obsessive conviction that she must save her ward's soul from eternal damnation - whatever the cost. Making her feature film debut, writer-director Rose Glass cannily lures the audience into this disturbed psyche, steadily setting up her veritable diary of a country nurse for an unnerving and ultimately shocking trajectory. Morfydd Clark (also at the Festival in The Personal History of David Copperfield) portrays the sanctimonious Maud with an intense stoicism that belies a disquieting vulnerability, as Maud desperately vies for absolution and solidarity from her embittered patient (an enthralling Jennifer Ehle, also at the Festival in Beneath the Blue Suburban Skies). Glass tenderly ... Written by Toronto International Film Festival

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Your savior is coming.

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Drama | Horror | Mystery

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Rated R for disturbing and violent content, sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Morfydd Clark starred in 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' in 2016, and co-star Jennifer Ehle starred in the BBC series 'Pride and Prejudice' in 1995. See more »

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What a stylish cry!
21 August 2020 | by maysa-63258See all my reviews

With the proliferation of online streaming service companies, the film industry had changed considerably in the last five years. There as some pros and cons, about which I am not going to write in detail, but there's at least one undeniable fact: sales and producers are looking for creative content. Free-to-air television channels, such as Film4, had to invest in the search for new talents, and specifically for female voices. It's under those circumstances that a voice such as Rose Glass was heard. I must confess, what a stylish cry!

As a movie produced for British TV, thriller is certainly not a risky bet. It is a popular genre among the British, as you can verify on this list released by the BFI. But Saint Maud is definitely not a common thriller. The film is set in Coney Island, UK, that despite being a seaside town, it is soaked up in loneliness. Its mostly empty beach is the perfect scenario to Katie, or Saint Maud, a nurse that has recently converted into Christianism. She's about to start a new job, as a carer in Amanda's house. Amanda, 49, is a former choreographer who is now spending her days begging for company in her wheelchair.

Maud and Amanda's clash is not only based on class and upbringing differences, Maud representing the essence of spiritual life, and Amanda's a preacher of hedonism. Most of all it puts into check mental issues. It is clear from the beginning that Maud is a tormented soul, and Amanda has long ago left the phase "mens sana in corpore sano".

Both characters have suffered traumas. Amanda's pain is visible and clinical, it's certainly difficult to cope with her new reality as her own life was devoted to movement. Something must have happened to Maud. It becomes clear when she meets a former co-worker who is surprised she's still working as a nurse.

Gradually, Maud's mind is revealed. It's dark. A whole set of artifices comes to life to build up this darkness: from insects to William Blake's paintings. We become aware that God is the second main character. Saint Maud speaks directly to narratives such as Paul Schrader's First Reformed -- read our review here. Likewise Ethan Hawke's character, Maud has to encourage someone else to face his demons when herself is failing to face her own.

In her debut film, Rose Glass has already formed her own solid style, with tints of gothic psychological drama. Saint Maud is part of the London Film Festival, that is currently on. If you miss it, check Film4 future program.

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English | Welsh

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9 October 2020 (UK) See more »

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$674,514
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