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Saint Maud (2019) dir Rose Glass


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This one should be in the conversation in the future for any lists made about horror, or spiritually significant horror.

It is definitely about the mystery in one’s faith. Maybe a problem (?) with the film would be that it can’t wrap up the mystery — or, if it does, it certainly tends to sway toward the struggle of that mystery rather than any celebration of it. 

On Facebook, I wrote: 

A24 is really a special company. It is getting to a point where its horror roster is so good that it deserves its own category. Like, subcategories in horror are: New French Extremity, 70s slashers & original final girls, Giallo, etc. — and now there’s A24. 

So after waiting two years, I just saw Saint Maud. And you can place it right at the top of the list with the best A24 films — titles like The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Hereditary, Midsommar, Climax, and the VVitch. 

Yes, it was worth the wait. Yes, it is a stronger, albeit shorter film. (I wish it were a tad longer.) Its religious themes remind me of Breaking the Waves, Take Shelter and Lourdes, and these are some of my all-time favorites. (And they’re not even horror.)

 

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It went on “epix now” last night at midnight. I stayed up for it. 

I believe it’s $1.99 a month for your first two months. I will most likely unsubscribe and consider this a pretty good deal. 

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Thanks, Stef.  I'm so glad I watched this; both my wife and I were amazed.  I don't rank it as high as my A24 faves (Witch, Hereditary) on first viewing - mostly due to its uninspiring score - but it's still excellent.  No doubt, my interpretation will differ from people of faith on this board, though I suspect mine is close to the director's intent.

Here's my full review: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/secularcinephile/2021/02/saint-maud-the-permeable-barrier-between-faith-and-madness/

To be an artist is never to avert one's eyes.
- Akira Kurosawa

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Nice!

What was the Bergman sequence you didn’t mention?

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Oh, wow. Ok. That’s a cool observation. 

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