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Maudie Is One Of The Year’s Best Films

It’s hard to call a film one of the year’s best when it’s only April, but Maudie is one of those films that will stay with you long after you leave the theatre. It’s a special movie that deserves a long look when it comes to the Academy Awards next year.

Maudie is the true story of Maud Lewis (Sally Hawkins), an arthritic Nova Scotia woman who leaves her aunt’s care to be a live in housekeeper for Everett Lewis (Ethan Hawke), a local fish peddler. The film tells the story of how the two eccentrics fall in love, and how Maud becomes one of Canada’s most well know, and well loved, folk artists. 

Sally Hawkins grabs your attention with her portrayal of Maud Lewis from the get-go and refuses to let it go. Perhaps it’s her quirky smile that draws you in, or the way she looks up at everyone with a half turned head, that makes her so memorable. Or perhaps it’s the way she talks that helps you enjoy her on screen performance. Whatever it is, you wonder as you watch the movie if the real Maud Lewis was anything like Hawkins’ portrayal of her, but when you see the real footage at the end of the film you realize she was doing an almost perfect representation of her. Hawkins really puts herself out there, and we should see more of her come awards season next year because of it. Ethan Hawke does a great job playing Everett as well. It’s not easy to play a gruff, man of few words, and still be able to show a sensitive and caring side with just a look. Together Hawkins and Hawke make you feel something for their characters, and when the movie is over you want to know more about the people they were playing. Of course without a strong story to tell the actors wouldn’t have been able to touch you as well as they did.

The best thing about Maudie’s story is that no matter what is going on, no matter how tough things are, Maud never loses her smile. She takes everything that comes at her, and moves onward. That’s not saying there aren’t sad moments in the film, but what it is saying is that the film doesn’t put such a focus on them that it overshadows the positive message that flows throughout. It’s inspiring and uplifting. Maudie’s story isn’t without its flaws however. In this case it’s due to some of the facts that were changed in order to make the film what it is. If you wish to know the true story, without any embellishments or changes, look up Maud Lewis online, or watch one of the couple of documentaries about her life. Still the changes aren’t so detrimental that you change your opinion of the film.

Maudie, simply put, is a film that deserves to be seen when it comes out on April 14th. It’s a masterpiece that shouldn’t be missed.

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