BFI London Film Fest

Jennifer Ehle – Saint Maud #LFF2019

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The delight of playing a character with a big appetite.

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PODCAST | Matt Micucci interviews Jennifer Ehle, actress of the film Saint Maud.

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A short interview with Jennifer Ehle, one of the co-leads of Saint Maud, the feature horror debut by director Rose Grass. In this interview, Ehle talks with us about her character, her connection to the horror genre as a whole and her experience of working with Grass on this feature.

Saint Maud: Having recently found God, self-effacing young nurse Maud (Morfydd Clark) is untiring in her spiritual devotion. Landing a job as full-time private carer, she arrives at the plush home of Amanda (Jennifer Ehle), a hedonistic dancer left frail from a chronic illness. While they could not be more different – Amanda’s taste for the extravagant being the antithesis of Maud’s pious values – the mismatched pair are intrigued by each other, slowly building a brittle bond of co-dependency. But when a chance encounter with a former colleague throws up hints of a dark past, it becomes clear there is more to sweet Maud than meets the eye. As Amanda’s self-indulgent behaviour escalates, tensions between the couple steadily grow, leaving Maud convinced that she has been sent to serve a higher purpose. 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.

  • Reporter
    Matt Micucci
  • Guest
    Jennifer Ehle
  • Interviewee role
  • Film title
    Saint Maud
  • Festival section
    Official Competition
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