Thursday, April 27, 2017

Maudie: Monday, April 24 2017

Maudie is a Canadian film, directed by Irish director, Aisling Walsh. It's about the life of Canadian folk artist, Maud Lewis (1903-70), who is one of Canada's best-known folk artists. She lived all her life in Nova Scotia. Sally Hawkins starred as Maud, and Ethan Hawke played her husband, Everett Lewis. The movie was filmed in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Sally Hawkins played opposite Cate Blanchette in Blue Jasmine, directed by Woody Allen, and received an Oscar nomination for best supporting actress. She plays Maudie brilliantly. Ethan Hawke is perhaps best know for his portrayal of the father in Boyhood, for which he received an Oscar Awards nomination, among others. He played Everett Lewis with amazing sensitivity.

The direction was a little slow for me, but Maureen and Susan thought it suited the subject matter. Life in Nova Scotia at the beginning and middle of the last century was probably a lot slower than the fast-paced world we are experiencing today. The story was treated as a love story, and as such was very sweet. Everett was supportive of Maudie, and encouraged her painting. He bought her paints and brushes, and did all the housework around their tiny home, so that she could paint. They were devoted to each other, after a slightly rocky start to their relationship. Maureen and I liked to believe the fairy tale, but Susan wasn't a believer.

Getting high critic and audience ratings from Rotten Tomatoes, Maudie is being mentioned in the same breath as the Oscars, for nomination in the Best Foreign Film category. It's worth seeing!

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