Did the ending of “Saint Maud” make you extremely confused? The movie had made a lot of people feel extremely weird. However, the number of awards the film has won or even been nominated for makes it quite interesting. You might think that the film could be an attack on religious fanaticism at first. However, that is not the only factor in the film. Rose Glass managed to get her audience thinking with the very first film she directed. The film falls under the genre of psychological horror, if you look closely, the film works on multiple layers. In this article we explain the ending of “Saint Maud” to you.
One of the main things that people seemed to get confused with is the visuals of the movie. The metaphors seemed to be quite layered, and if you looked at it a second time, it would become a bit obvious. The special thing about the film is that you can watch it as many times as you want, and you will find something or the other that you have not noticed before. This is what impressed the critics the most about the film.
“Saint Maud” -The Conspiracy
Before we get into the part of Saint Maude’s ending that’s explained, let’s go over the plot. If you were going through the movie scene by scene, it would be a little difficult to understand the movie. There are plenty of references and images that you need to understand before you can decipher the movie itself. First we meet the main character, Maud, who seems to be in distress. We see her looking sadly at the ceiling. She was a nurse and couldn’t save her patient because she couldn’t get there on time. From then on, she feels humiliated about this incident and is even demoted.
Because she works as a home nurse and helps Amanda. She suffers from stage IV lymphoma. This means she can’t move much. Maud has a newfound faith in religion, and she follows the scriptures of Christianity to the words. However, she does not understand the value of the words, instead she follows the words to the letters. At first, she thinks that God must have planned something big for those who are going through physical pain. Maud tries to follow the penance of religion. She portrays the religious fanaticism that reigns in the country.
In the first half of the film, it feels like Glass is trying to portray the downside of being so attached to a particular religion. In the second half, however, we find certain clues and images that show that it is not just religious fanaticism. It could be her trauma. She experiences certain erotic orgasms when she does something closely related to God’s work. This is a way of showing that she will become one with God. She even tries to physically punish herself with nails and burn herself as punishment. She also tries to go back to her old life once, but she couldn’t fit in. Finally, we see her burn herself alive on the shore to become one with God.
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