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maudieMAUDIE, based on a true story, is an unlikely romance in which the reclusive Everett Lewis (Ethan Hawke) hires a fragile yet determined woman named Maudie (Sally Hawkins) to be his housekeeper. Maudie, bright-eyed but hunched with crippled hands, yearns to be independent, to live away from her protective family and she also yearns, passionately, to create art. Unexpectedly, Everett finds himself falling in love. MAUDIE charts Everett's efforts to protect himself from being hurt, Maudie's deep and abiding love for this difficult man and her surprising rise to fame as a folk painter.

Leads: Ethan Hawke, Sally Hawkins, Kari Matchett, Gabrielle Rose, Zachary Bennett
Director: Aisling Walsh
Genre: Drama  Language: English
Run Time: 115 minutes  Rating: PG

Review

By Jordan Parker

The story of Maud Lewis - her struggles, perseverance and unending wit - is brought to screen in a quietly beautiful fashion here with Maudie.

maudieThe film, shot in Newfoundland & Labrador and set in Nova Scotia, is about the arthritic painter who becomes a household name as she hones her skills and brings her beautiful work into the world.

Maud begins the film with few prospects but a tenacious spirit, and when the brooding Everett Lewis comes into her life, she takes his job offer to become his housemaid as a chance at a new life.

It is clear through the surefooted direction from Aisling Walsh that this film is not a perfect, little love story. This pairing is a rocky one, and the road to happiness isn't an easy one for Maud or Everett.

Her time with Everett allows Maud to pursue painting, and he begrudgingly supports her.

There is no part of this film that shows the famous Maud's husband as a fine, stand-up man. A fish peddler in rural Nova Scotia, he is gruff, and I became frustrated with his inattention or selfishness when it came to his wife.

The good news is Ethan Hawke finds a way to bring a sympathetic side to a character who has few redeeming qualities. Hawke is phenomenal as Everett Lewis, and his unpredictability and body language on screen say much more than his tight-lipped character does.

maudieHawke has enjoyed a great deal of success lately, but this is by far the best he's been since Before Midnight.

As for Sally Hawkins, she is a startling revelation as Maud. She received an Oscar nomination in 2014 for her role in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine, and deserves a win her for her fiery portrayal of an intelligent, independent woman who followed her passion.

Hawke and Hawkins display incredible chemistry as a mismatched real-life couple, and the film evokes more emotion than any other to come out so far this year.

With sensitive subject matter and a tonally-difficult plot, Maudie succeeds in all the places where a less acclaimed director would fail. Aisling Walsh is surefooted and elegantly crafts a heartfelt piece of cinema.

Maudie will make you laugh. It will leave tears running down your checks. You will feel the emotions and care about the motivations of characters and outcomes onscreen.

But the best part about Maudie is that above all, without contrivance or manipulation, it will remind you it is possible to fall in love with the people you watch onscreen.

Maud and Everett's journey will consume you and move you the entire viewing, and that type of filmgoing experience is a magical thing these days.

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