MAUDIE – Rated PG-13 – 1 hr. 55 mins. 

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MAUDIE – Rated PG-13 – 1 hr. 55 mins. 

Starring Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke

Director Aisling Walsh & Writer Sherry White join forces to bring the real-life story of Nova Scotia Folk artist Maud Lewis to the big screen…this is MAUDIE!

Learning to deal with her less than perfect life – as an imperfect burden on her family it seems, Maud (Sally Hawkins) sets out to find a way to distance herself from her overpowering and meddling Aunt Ida (Gabrielle Rose)…after her brother conveniently leaves Maud in her care…

When Maud hears that the gruff and unsocial fisherman about town, Everett Lewis (Ethan Hawke), is in search of a housemaid, she is excited to seek out this opportunity in hopes of securing her very first job…

Not realizing how awful Everett Lewis truly is to everyone in his life, Maud may have taken on a situation that she was totally ill prepared to manage, as this man is no gentleman…

But, as time passes, Everett begins to try to smooth out his rough edges, once he realizes Maud truly does brings a sense of joy to his life ~ whether it be through her cooking, or cleaning, or the beautiful artwork she has decided to paint across the walls of his less than desirable abode…

When New York socialite Sandra (Kari Matchett) notices Maud, and her artistic abilities, she decides to commission some of her work…catapulting the frail and imperfect Maud into the spotlight, allowing her to share her paintings of the absolute beauty outside her windows…with the world!

I give MAUDIE a rating between MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN and WAIT AND CATCH THIS FILM ON DVD.   From the very first frame of this film, Walsh made Hawkins shine as the frail and imperfect Maud, struggling to make a life for herself, in a world that doesn’t really want to bother with her. Hawke is also superb as Everett Lewis, playing this mean & gruff one minute, then endearing and almost charming the next character – fulfilling Maud’s life as her companion, husband and business partner – even though at times, preferring to be none of these things. And as enjoyable as this film was to view with its exquisite cinematography and beautifully painted images, I must also share that MAUDIE is also a seemingly dark, and sometimes uncomfortable portrayal of Maud Lewis’s life as well, so if you are thinking about seeing this film as a little pick-me-up on a Sunday afternoon, think again there too. But, even with the darker sides of Maud’s life being shared, MAUDIE finds its way back to express the true passion and mystery of Maud’s world – as you experience her greatest joy in life ~ having a paintbrush in her hand ~ as she shares her expressionism on walls, wood, canvas, even cards…sharing the beauty of the world around her…anyway she can!!

Kathy Kaiser