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Maudie (2016)

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An arthritic Nova Scotia woman works as a housekeeper while she hones her skills as an artist and eventually becomes a beloved figure in the community.

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Aisling Walsh

Writer:

Sherry White
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sally Hawkins ... Maud Lewis
Ethan Hawke ... Everett Lewis
Kari Matchett ... Sandra
Gabrielle Rose ... Aunt Ida
Zachary Bennett ... Charles Dowley
Billy MacLellan ... Frank
Lawrence Barry ... Mr. Davis (Shopkeeper)
Greg Malone Greg Malone ... Mr. Hill
Marthe Bernard Marthe Bernard ... Kay
David Feehan ... Paul
Nik Sexton Nik Sexton ... Steven (CBC Reporter)
Judy Hancock Judy Hancock ... Ida's Nurse
Mike Daly Mike Daly ... Man at Bar
Brian Marler Brian Marler ... Doctor
Denise Sinnott Denise Sinnott ... Hospital Nurse
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Storyline

1930's rural Nova Scotia. Maud Dowley, who suffers from rheumatoid arthritis, smokes heavily to deal with the pain. Because of her unusual gait from the arthritis, she is often mistaken as a stupid, incapable woman, that perception which does make her feel stupid and incapable. That view is held by her surviving family, her brother Charlie and her Aunt Ida with who she lives. After an action by Charlie, Maud decides to seek some independence, she the only applicant for a posted job as housekeeper for brusque Everett Lewis, a poor fish seller. Despite not wanting to hire a cripple which only adds to their antagonism, Maud negotiates to get the job for room and board. Their antagonistic relationship ends up including Everett exacting beatings on Maud whenever she doesn't do what he wants. To keep herself happy, Maud begins to paint the interior of the house with happy pictures and paint similar pictures on small cards, these folk art pictures how she wants to see the world. Maud's ... Written by Huggo

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some thematic content and brief sexuality. | See all certifications »

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Country:

Ireland | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 August 2017 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Maudie, el color de la vida See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR4,993,020 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$45,920, 16 April 2017

Gross USA:

$6,170,998

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,733,932
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Sally Hawkins replaced Rachel McAdams. See more »

Goofs

Despite the fact when in the hospital near the film's end, the year is 1970, there are shots of a modern doorknob, folder holder on the wall, and automatic door sensor. See more »

Quotes

Everett Lewis: Oh! When I was their age did the work o' ten men. Clean this yard, chop wood...
Mr. Hill: Yeah.
Everett Lewis: Built that fence.
Mr. Hill: Yes, but - You were here, around people. Everett? If someone applied for that job? Hire them!
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Crazy Credits

A brief clip in the end credits shows the real Maud Lewis with husband, Everett, from a 1976 black and white short, "Maud Lewis: A World Without Shadows." See more »


Soundtracks

Wild Wild One
Written by Marc Ferrari & Pete Surdoval
Courtesy of FirstCom Music
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An amazing film that captures a time and a complex relationship
9 May 2017 | by glegh-72897See all my reviews

Although shot in Canada, and although it is about a Canadian, I don't like affixing the term Canadiana to it. It is a Universal movie about the indomitable spirit that some people possess even when faced with horrendous turns of fate. Sally Hawkins is incredibly good as Maud and Ethan Hawke does a superb job of playing Everett Lewis. Hawkins has the accents , the movements, the wry smile and the light that just won't stop shining. Hawke's performance is very nuanced: his character was an emotional cripple and he was violent, but we also know how much he loved and admired his wife. It was a time when dirt poor men asked for nothing, did whatever they must to survive and didn't allow expression of feelings in their lives. Many reviewers have called him "vile", but he could have been a miner, for example, anywhere in the world as easily as a fish seller in Nova Scotia in 1930. I think Ethan Hawke did an amazing job of capturing that man. It has great cinematography, excellent score and a minimalist script that allows, through actual superb acting, to get to know a pair of characters in a movie like never before. Don't miss this one!!


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