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Saint Maud  2019
Director:  Rose Glass
Producer:
  Andrea Cornwell and Oliver Kassman
Art Director:
  Isobel Dunhill
Editor:
  Mark Towns
Music:
  Adam Janota Bzowski
Screenplay:
  Rose Glass
Director of Photography:
  Ben Fordesman
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Cast:
spacer1 Morfydd Clark
spacer1 Jennifer Ehle
spacer1 Lily Frazer
spacer1 Turlough Convery
spacer1 Lily Knight
spacer1 Noa Bodner
spacer1 Marcus Hutton
spacer1 Carl Prekopp
spacer1 Rosie Sansom
spacer1 Susanne Schraps
spacer1 Fiona Thompson
spacer1 Takatsuna Mukai
spacer1 Morfydd Clark spacer1 Jennifer Ehle spacer1 Lily Frazer
spacer1 Turlough Convery spacer1 Lily Knight spacer1 Noa Bodner
spacer1 Marcus Hutton spacer1 Carl Prekopp spacer1 Rosie Sansom
spacer1 Susanne Schraps spacer1 Fiona Thompson spacer1 Takatsuna Mukai
spacer1 Morfydd Clark spacer1 Jennifer Ehle
spacer1 Lily Frazer spacer1 Turlough Convery
spacer1 Lily Knight spacer1 Noa Bodner
spacer1 Marcus Hutton spacer1 Carl Prekopp
spacer1 Rosie Sansom spacer1 Susanne Schraps
spacer1 Fiona Thompson spacer1 Takatsuna Mukai

Synopsis:
Making her feature film debut, writer-director Rose Glass cannily lures the audience into this disturbed psyche, steadily setting up her veritable diary of a country nurse for an unnerving and ultimately shocking trajectory.

Morfydd Clark (The Personal History of David Copperfield, 2019) portrays the sanctimonious Maud with an intense stoicism that belies a disquieting vulnerability, as Maud desperately vies for absolution and solidarity from her embittered patient (an enthralling Jennifer Ehle, (Beneath the Blue Suburban Skies, 2019). Glass tenderly captures this relationship with an empathetic gaze that first assumes an ethereal, dreamlike atmosphere... but it isn't long before Maud's dogmatic candour incites an irreconcilable friction that spirals her mind into a suffocating confluence of creeping doubt and paranoia.

As Glass tightens the screws on her misguided martyr, well-placed nods are made to religious horror forerunners like William Friedkin's The Exorcist, further contributing to the film's increasingly dread-filled malaise. And when this insidious fever climatically breaks, the consequences are devastating and terrifying in equal measure.

Review:
Rose Glass’ gothic-tinged psychological drama is a wickedly playful piece of work, by turns insidiously creepy, darkly humorous and heartbreakingly sad. The two leads crackle with palpable chemistry, with Jennifer Ehle’s beautifully nuanced performance proving the perfect complement to Morfydd Clark’s star-making turn as the unsaintly Maud. Consistently upending expectations, this thrilling one-of-a-kind is an almost religious experience.

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