Run time: 116 mins
Sally Hawkins artfully brings the achingly true story of 30’s folk artist Maud Lewis to life in Aisling Walsh’s gentle biopic.
Maud, a naive thirty-something spinster, saddled with arthritis and a bleak future sees her modest life take an unprecedented turn when she meets gruff, old-fashioned bachelor Everett Lewis (Ethan Hawke).
In between her household chores, Maud fills postcards and other scraps with her charmingly unsophisticated paintings of birds, flowers and other basic subjects. When one of Everett’s fishmonger customers with an eye for art and sympathy for a working woman offers to buy a few of them, Maud and Everett find themselves at the helm of a fledgling business.
The ever-versatile Hawkins crafts a beautiful spirit from an increasingly twisted role, capturing the unjust existence of a simple woman who longs for simplicity. Hawke similarly gives his all and both act as an example of an artist at work.
A portrait of a woman in thrall to art and nature. Infectious and inspiring.
“As unassuming and gentle as its subject, Maudie breaks your heart with its infectious positivity and an outstanding Sally Hawkins.” (Time Out) (research Chris Coetsee) Sounds and looks fantastic. Come.