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The Canadian East Coast in the 1930s: The silent Everett Lewis (Ethan Hawke) leads a very secluded life as a fish peddler. To bring some order into his little hut and to get some company, he decides to hire a housekeeper. Only Maud Dowley (Sally Hawkins), who is actually unsuitable for the job, reports on the ad. As a child she is suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, her hands are crippled and walking is difficult. Still, Everett hires the petite woman. Although she doesn't really do her job, Everett clings to her after some initial arguments. She brings some life and colour into the dreary hut, which she paints with colourful pictures. Over time, a very special relationship develops between the two outsiders that brings Everett something he had never known before: Liebe…
"Maudie" tells the true story of Everett and Maud Lewis. It is the story of an unusual love and at the same time of an unusual artist who is appreciated as a pioneer of folk art. The film, shot in Newfoundland, thrives on the one hand on the contrast between the almost infinite expanse of the Nova Scotia landscape and the extreme narrowness of Everett's hut, and on the other hand on the intense play of the two main actors. As two people excluded from society who have never really experienced anything like affection and yet still find each other, Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke deliver more than convincing, sometimes even very moving portrayals.
The movie has many very nice, but also some extremely tough moments to offer. Sometimes a little more speed or a tighter production would have done the whole thing good. Another problem is that the viewer is only made aware of the period over which the story is told in a very hidden way. One could almost think that this is a year from the lives of both of them, if there weren't always minor allusions to the fact that more time has passed. Ultimately, the movie covers a period of more than thirty years, which never really becomes apparent, but which would also be interesting to know somehow.
However, in the end the positive aspects outweigh the minor weaknesses. In a rough, unsentimental way "Maudie" tells a really nice story, which in retrospect is much more life-affirming and positive than the sad tone of the production might suggest. And for that there is also a very clear one: Worth seeing!
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