Based on a true story set in 1930’s rural Nova Scotia Maud Dowley, who suffers from rheumatoid arthritis, is often mistaken as a stupid, incapable woman yet she yearns to be independent. She is hired as a housekeeper by reclusive Everett Lewis (Hawke) who does not make her life much easier. Maudie finds deep and abiding love for this difficult man and to keep herself happy begins to paint the interior of the house with pictures which lead to her surprising rise to fame as a folk painter. Brilliantly played by Sally Hawkins, filmed in atmospheric coastal scenery, this is a beautiful and inspiring movie.
89% – Rotten Tomatoes
7.7/10 – IMDB
“Stick with the movie for its leads, Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke, a beautifully matched pair who open up two closed people, unleashing torrents of feeling.”
“What shines through is the beauty of Guy Godfree’s cinematography – the light has a lovely, soft stillness to it, like a painting – and a remarkable performance by Hawkins, whose impossibly wide smile seems to bring the sun.”