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Saint Maud

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United Kingdom
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2019

Rated R · 1h 25m

Director Rose Glass
Starring Morfydd Clark, Jennifer Ehle, Lily Knight, Lily Frazer
Genre Drama, Horror, Mystery
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Maud is a hospice nurse traumatized after the death of a patient. She turns to religion for comfort but becomes obsessed with Amanda, an atheist in her care, believing she must save her soul from eternal damnation. A psychological thriller about faith, its limits, and its consequences.

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The Globe and Mail (Toronto) by Barry Hertz

I’ve come around to Glass’s singular, purpose-filled vision – one that is intent on pushing its audience so far outside their comfort zones that you’d need a map to find your way back to baseline existence. Clark is also a wonder as the title character, playing a deluded and dangerous antihero with an unnerving zeal.
90

Variety by Guy Lodge

Skirting easy cynicism to view fire, brimstone and occasional grace through Maud’s awestruck eyes, this is finally as much a sympathetic character study, a mental heath mind-map, as it is any kind of chiller. Whatever the case, it’s one hell of a debut for Rose Glass.
80

Empire by Ian Freer

Place your faith in Saint Maud. Original, unsettling and surprisingly moving, it’s a strong calling card for filmmaker Rose Glass and actor Morfydd Clark.
80

Screen Daily by Jonathan Romney

Featuring a terrific performance from Jennifer Ehle and a bold, quietly nerve-shredding lead from Morfydd Clark, this is a hugely individual, distinctly British piece of genre-tweaking with a strong female focus and clear potential to cross borders between arthouse and upmarket horror sectors.
80

The Hollywood Reporter by Leslie Felperin

[A] striking and auspicious feature debut ... Saint Maud seeds the clouds with an eclectic mix of influences, but it works, creating a film with its own strange weather.
80

Slashfilm by Meredith Borders

Glass keeps her audience on our toes, always surprising us, challenging us, provoking us. The film’s a marvelous thing in its own right but also a thrilling invitation to follow this filmmaker wherever she dares to take us next.
100

The Guardian by Peter Bradshaw

The film punches out its warped drama with amazing gusto and Clark is lethally assured: not Saint Maud really, but Saint Joan, a spectacular horror heroine.
91

Consequence by Ryan Larson

Saint Maud is a fantastic and gripping debut from an exciting new talent in the genre. Hoisted by a tight script and dynamic performances, it’s a standout title that deserves its heaps of praise.

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