2017 | 115 minutes | Rated PG-13
Folk-art buffs and extremely patriotic Canadians may already know the story of Maud Lewis, an arthritic Nova Scotian who sold her simple but charming paintings out of the tiny house she shared with her fishmonger husband in the middle decades of the 20th century. For the rest of us there's Maudie, a gentle biopic starring the great Sally Hawkins as Maud, with Ethan Hawke as her gruff, unlettered husband, Everett. Director Aisling Walsh and screenwriter Sherry White present it as a love story of sorts, with Everett's initial indifference toward Maud (who's his housemaid at first) evolving into affection as he's won over by her goodness. Hawke plays Everett's subtle tenderness effectively, but it's Hawkins' Maud—guileless and smiling even as she becomes more stooped and withered—that carries the day. Though perhaps a bit lacking in substance, it's a nice, unassuming movie, such as one might take one's mother to.
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