Directed by Aisling Walsh | Canada, Ireland | In English | 115 mins | PG
Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke shine in this true story of gifted, arthritic Canadian folk painter Maud Lewis and her unlikely romance with the reclusive Everett Lewis. Bad-natured loner Everett (Hawke) places an ad for a housekeeper and doesn't know what to make of the applicant. Maudie (Hawkins) is hunched over with hands gnarled by arthritis, but she's eager to take the unappealing job. Gruff and boorish, Everett treats Maudie poorly, but she patiently chips away at his tough exterior. Her arthritis makes painting difficult but it's liberating for Maudie; soon, she's painted every corner of their house, and her paintings develop a loyal following that leads to her eventual fame. Joyfully showcasing the beautiful paintings of Maud Lewis, Maudie is a moving celebration of the power of art and a tender, complex love story.
"Hawkins' performance splendidly carries the day. With the cards stacked so high against her ever doing anything with her life and experiencing consistent rejection, Maud all but flaunts her gallant lack of any expectations; for this reason, she can truly and gratefully say, near the end of her life, that ‘I was loved'." – Todd McCarthy, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
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