in about 100 words or less
Ireland/Canada 116m, Colour
Director: Aisling Walsh; Cast: Sally Hawkins, Ethan Hawke, Kari Matchett, Zachary Bennett
Maudie is a beautifully made biographical drama about the Nova Scotia folk artist Maud Lewis who lived a life of poverty with her husband Everett in their tiny roadside house where she sold her paintings to tourists up until her death in 1970. As the title character, Hawkins gives a brilliantly understated performance of a woman whose painful physical limitations are only surpassed by her ability to see the inherent beauty in life and her surroundings. A hidden gem, Maudie is one of the best films of 2016 that is now likely to receive the attention it deserves, after Hawkins’ heightened notoriety from her work with Guillermo del Toro in The Shape of Water (Klaus Ming March 2018).