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A love story and an artist portrait: to avoid being cared for by her aunt, Maud begins to work for Everett, a gruff hermit. Tending to the household is not her thing, she prefers painting naïve colorful paintings.


Nova Scotia, Canada, in the 1930s. Maud Dowley is a self-confident young woman who is creative, gifted, and has a playful perspective on the world around her. But a disability has made her reliant on others. She was diagnosed with rheumatic arthritis when she was a child. She has limped ever since and proudly puts up with the humiliations and the paternalism coming from those around her. That changes when she sees a job notice for a job as a housekeeper. Maudie is determined to stand on her own two feet and goes to Everett Lewis‘ house. The hermit is a simple fish trader without friends or joy in his life. Maudie isn‘t scared off by his grumpiness and doesn‘t want to go back to the stifling care of her aunt. So she sticks it out and makes a place for herself in Everett‘s small hut. She begins to paint again – with surprising success. The true love story between the matter-of-fact Everett and the creative Maud becomes a portrait of a fascinating artist. Maud Lewis depicted nature wonderfully with her colorful paintings. The wonderful Sally Hawkins (HAPPY GO-LUCKY) acts with disarming warmth and makes the film shine. Ethan Hawke is convincing as the complete opposite, a grouchy landlord, an unusual sight since he usually chooses sympathetic roles. Irish director Aisling Walsh (FINGERSMITH), who has made movies for the BBC, is rather low-key, but catches moments of drama with engaging poetry and a warm charm. The realistically portrayed relationship between Maud and Everett is the heart of this unusual artist portrait.

Lars Tunçay

Translation: Elinor Lewy


Kanada/Irland 2016, 115 min
Genre: Drama
Director: Aisling Walsh
Author: Sherry White
DOP: Guy Godfree
Distributor: NFP / Filmwelt
Cast: Ethan Hawke, Sally Hawkins, Kari Matchett, Billy MacLellan
FSK: 12
Release: 26.10.2017


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