Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke dazzle in this intimate film set in Nova Scotia about the folk artist Maud Lewis’ unlikely romance with the hardened reclusive bachelor she bunked with after being cast out by her family.
Maud (Sally Hawkins) is a bright-eyed, intelligent woman who is crippled from arthritis but who yearns to be independent and to live away from her overly protective family. She escapes from her solitary life through her art and dreams her days away until one day, when she breaks out and applies for a job as a housekeeper. Everett Lewis (Ethan Hawke) is a self-sufficient bachelor who has everything he needs, except maybe a woman to clean the house and cook his meals. When Maud answers his ad, he sees this strange looking woman — short, hunched over, with gnarled up hands — and can’t imagine she can handle the work. But her determination leads him to hire her. Everett realizes he hardly got what he bargained for as she talks too much, shares too many opinions, demonstrates terrible housekeeping skills, and spends most of her time painting doodles on his walls. But over time, their bond grows deep and unspoken, bringing them closer in ways they never imagined and forming the foundation for her career as a folk artist to blossom. Expressive acting by Hawkins and Hawke creates a portrait of a woman in thrall to art and nature, and of a couple whose love resisted hardship and defied definition.
(USA / 2017 / Directed by Aisling Walsh)
PG-13 / 1 hr 55 mins.