Saint Maud ending spoilers follow.
As well as being one of the best movies of 2020, Saint Maud delivers a final shot that is likely still haunting you, however long ago you watched the movie.
The excellent debut movie from writer/director Rose Glass follows live-in nurse Maud (Morfydd Clark) who becomes obsessed with her new client Amanda (Jennifer Ehle), convinced that it's her personal mission to save Amanda's soul.
We decided to sit down with Rose Glass to chat about Saint Maud's ending and what it means for her, so there are major spoilers ahead. Look away now if you haven't seen the movie yet.
It's fair to say that Maud's personal mission does not end well at all for either Amanda or Maud.
Throughout Saint Maud, it's left ambiguous whether Maud is truly hearing messages from God or if it's all a delusion. After she brutally kills Amanda, Maud imagines herself growing angel wings (having 'saved' Amanda's soul) and heads down to the beach.
Maud starts to pour propane over herself to the shock of onlookers, but in Maud's mind, she's merely carrying out the final stage of her ascension to Heaven.
It's here when Glass shockingly takes away any ambiguity as the very final shot of the movie shows us the horrifying reality of Maud burning herself to death, haunting you long after the credits have rolled.
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"I always wanted the film to work on both levels, and you could interpret your way throughout [but] at what point does faith become a delusion? I know, for me personally, I have respect throughout the film that she's got her truth and the way that she's seeing things," Glass told Digital Spy.
"Maybe some of that is kind of a genuine relationship with God, which maybe then descends into something more unhealthy, or maybe it was psychosis in the beginning.
"[However] as far as I'm concerned, by that point at the end of the film, she's obviously got to such a dangerous point where, regardless of what you think is going on, she's not capable to take care of herself, and she's in a really dangerous situation."
Glass continued: "To me, regardless of her relationship with God, this is obviously a young woman who needed help way before this.
"There are moments during the film where somebody could have stepped in and done something different and maybe things would have worked out very differently, but they didn't and it was too little, too late.
"It would seem like a cop out to not have an ending like that. Her life got to a pretty bad place by now. There are real-life consequences to things like this, there is only so far you can take the perspective of 'Oh, everyone has their truth and everyone has their opinion'."
Saint Maud is in UK cinemas now.
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