Maudie

(12A)
Fri 25 - Wed 30 aug (not Sun27)

Dir: Aisling Walsh Starring: Sally Hawkins, Ethan Hawke Ire/Can 2016, 116 mins

Impoverished and disabled with chronic arthritis, watercolourist Maud (Hawkins) lives with her mean-spirited spinster aunt in Nova Scotia. When she accepts a job as a housekeeper for Everett (Hawke), a gruff fishmonger whose home is a tiny, one-room shack, she seems to escape one set of fetters for another. However, despite Everett’s surly selfishness, Maud perversely finds him attractive and inspiring, and he allows her to do her own painting when she’s through with the housework. With echoes of My Left Foot’s triumph over impairment and her role in Mike Leigh’s Happy-Go-Lucky, Hawkins brings perky optimism to a character who eventually blossoms after one of her almost child-like paintings is bought by a Manhattan socialite (Matchett) and her relationship with Everett becomes infused with a strange tendresse. A small, beautifully realised delight. Contains infrequent moderate violence, sex.

 

 

 

 

 

Nominated for the CINEMA OF THE YEAR Award 2016!