Written and directed by Rose Glass (first feature film) Saint Maud investigates the subject of obsession. A twisted and dark emotion which is perfectly suited for the horror genre.
After recently converting to Roman Catholicism, Maud (Morfydd Clark – The Personal History of David Copperfield, Love & Friendship), who works as a hospice nurse, begins to work for a woman who has been given a terminal diagnosis. Amanda (Jennifer Ehle – Zero Dark Thirty, A Quiet Passion), who was a dancer, lives in a massive house
The relationship between to the two women begins as one of mutual fascination. Amanda sees Maud as stranger in her very religious ways. Maud becomes singleminded about saving her patient.
After something from Maud’s past is revealed things become that much more tense or imperative from the fervent nurse’s perspective. She believes that God has a plan for her. That she is to show how far humans have fallen. She does not approve of the way Amanda has conducted parts of her life. Especially that she has a female lover, Carol (Lily Frazer – The Gentlemen, Beauty and the Beast – 2017).
Faith and madness. An interesting combination. Stylistically will remind some viewers of films like Carrie and The Exorcist. You will be equal parts rivited and distrubed while watching. When you throw in the odd strange bit of humour then you have a film that keeps you involved.
Though this is the work of a first time director (she has made short films) it is a rather confident film. It debuted at last year’s TIFF and earned Glass praise ever since. All elements of the film are strong with the score, cinematography, screenplay, and direction all pulling in the same direction. Glass is certainly a young British director I look forward to more films from.