Maud is a reclusive young nurse whose impressionable demeanour 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.
Saint Maud is one helluva film that’s going to divide a lot of people in the horror community, like all of A24’s library. However, Saint Maud is a slow burn and deserves a lot of patience for the rewarding finish. Hopefully, most of you will stick around because it’s epic as hell(literally).
Rose Glass does a brilliant job writing such a taut bleak script it’ll crawl under your skin and stay with you for days after viewing. Also, her directing skills with Saint Maud is so mesmerizing it’ll remind you of Ken Russell’s The Devil’s. I really can’t say enough about Rose Glass’ film I can’t wait to purchase it on Blu-ray when it comes out so I can watch it over and over again.
Jennifer Ehle is so damn terrific as Amanda who Maud is taking care what she does is simply astounding and breathtaking. As well as Morfydd Clark as the titular character Saint Maud is a truly iconic performance in the making ala Shelly DuVall as Wendy Torrance. It’s a performance that will be talked about for years to come.
Saint Maud in the end is an experience unlike any other. If you’re not a fan of A24’s style by now this one won’t turn you around to be keen on them. I enjoyed the experience much more after I slept on it and let it resonate with me.
Overall grade: 4/5 stars
Written By: AJ Friar