Director: Aisling Walsh
Cast: Sally Hawkins, Ethan Hawke
Country of Origin: USA 2017 115 mins. (12A)
Released by Sony Pictures
'Maudie' is one of those indie films that won't get blanket screening coverage, but if you're lucky enough to catch it, it'll live with you and Sally Hawkins is a wow.
Maudie (Sally Hawkins) has a stammer, ticks and rheumatoid arthritis but she's the eternal optimist. Her brother Charles (Zachary Bennett) has sold their parent's house and dumped Maudie on dour spinster aunt Ida (Gabrielle Rose) in small town, Nova Scotia. Enter the reclusive Everette Lewis (Ethan Hawke), a fish monger and a very difficult man who places an advert in the local store for a live-in housemaid. Maudie grabs the chance to be away from Ida and finds that her spot's one notch below the dogs and chickens and her new home is a one room shack. Slowly Maudie's magic is felt and Everette's long hidden caring side shows and they marry. Everett and Maudie, both in their own private world, find a deep and abiding love. Everett sells his fish and Maudie paints flowers and birds on anything available and their lives remain as such, two individuals on the fringes of society until Sandra (Keri Matchett), a rich New Yorker who spends her summers in the area 'discovers' Maudie's work and fame beckons the Canadian folk painter.
It's Sally Hawkins all the way and it tugs at the heart strings. That's not to negate Ethan Hawke. Just the opposite, they're a pair, but everything about her mesmerises. You'll remember Maudie long after you've left the cinema.