Saint Maud (2019)

US Lion's Gate Blu-ray 2021 edition

Yes, this amazing feature film debut by Rose Glass was for sure a mesmerizing film watching experience but maybe not a horror film one.
More of a psychological drama raising questions about religion and philosophy and with a shocking horror scene put in at the end
that answer that question about religion in a final genius way. The shortest but maybe the most effective scene i have ever seen on film
and that left me shaken for days. Morfydd Clark also gives a stand-out performance as the poor Maud.
This astonishing debut film was so brilliant that i'm worried for director Glass how she could match this feat with her next film, but i'm also
thrilled that a new talent like her has arrived to the British film and hopefully we don't have to wait another 8 years before her next film.

I do think i heard something about her working with Saint Maud for 8 years or so. Sometimes when a new untainted (by garbage film
industries) director arrives and who had to beg, borrow and steal to get him/her's vision upon the screen and to really have to work hard
for this to happen - then this results in a truly great and personal film, as with Anurag Kashyap's "Gulaal" or here with Rose Glass film.
And, as always when i've seen a really great and deep film, a hailed film like this one, i'm not the man to write about it in a satisfying enough
way as i'm not a professional reviewer and because english is not my first language, so please read more about Saint Maud on i.a. IMDB.

The Story:

Maud (Morfydd Clark) lives in a scruffy British seaside town and she leaves her scruffy apartment to nurse a dying 49 year old woman,
Amanda (Jennifer Ehle) who's suffering from cancer, palliative care. Maud is a deeply religious person and the cultural, ex-ballet company
leader, Amanda and her friends finds Maud's religious fervour to be amusing and in Amanda's case also annoying and they mock her.
Maud meets an ex-colleague nurse (Lily Knight) that's surprised that Maud (or Katie?) still works as a nurse after what happened last, so
we gradually get to understand that Maud is much too religious and perhaps even crazy as a loon.
When she loses her job at the private nursing Agency her mind starts to break.

Highly recommended for art movie lovers and i almost forgot, the soundtrack by Adam Janota Bzowski was amazing too. Rose Glass was
awarded the BIF (British Independent Film) Best Director prize.
The film is presented in anamorphic widescreen 2.39:1 and with english audio (some welch also) 5.1 DTS-HD MA and with english
subtitles. Region A stated on sleeve (Netflix is showing this film in some areas).
Extras: Audio commentary by Director and writer Rose Glass, A Higher Calling: The Rapture of Saint Maud (25 minutes) plus with a
Digital Download


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