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
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
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
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.
Maud (Morfydd Clark) lives in a scruffy British seaside
town and she leaves her scruffy apartment to nurse a dying 49 year old
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
Highly recommended for art movie lovers and i almost
forgot, the soundtrack by Adam Janota Bzowski was amazing too. Rose
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
Extras: Audio commentary by Director and writer Rose Glass, A Higher
Calling: The Rapture of Saint Maud (25 minutes) plus with a