Docudrama | English | 116 minutes


Based on a true story. Maud Dowley is afflicted with debilitating rheumatoid arthritis and is ordered by her brother Charles to live with her aunt Ida. Determined to be independent, Maud responds to an ad for a housekeeper  placed by Everett Lewis, an eccentric local  fishmonger. At first Everett is reluctant to hire the severely handicapped Maud. He eventually agrees and Maud has the strength to clean the unkempt shack and cook meals. Meanwhile, she  finds the time to paint lovely birds and flowers on the walls and on pieces of wood. Sandra, a New Yorker vacationing in the area, spots Maud’s art and is captivated. To Everett’s shock, Sandra offers Maud $5 for each card Maud will paint for her. Feeling more independent and confident, Maud  asks Everett to marry her and scotch the rumors around town that she’s a kept woman. Everett  finds the idea  not  far-fetched as he’s fallen in love with Maud. 

Sally Hawkins (Maud Dowley/Lewis) / Ethan Hawke (Everett Lewis) / Zachary Bennett (Charles Dowley) / Gabrielle Rose (Aunt Ida) / Kari Matchett (Sandra)
Why Stream This Film?
The film could easily have been mawkish while dwelling on Maud’s physical disability. But it’s nothing like that. Maudie is an uplifting study of a relationship of two needy people and Maud’s  remarkable gift for painting the birds and flowers of her imagination.  
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score Critics Consensus): 89%
  • Metacritic Score: 65
  • Canadian Screen Awards: Winner, Best Film;  Best Actress in a Leading Role (Sally Hawkins);  Best Actor a Supporting Role (Ethan Hawke); Best Screenplay (Sherry White); Best Director (Aisling Walsh).
  • National Society of Film Critics Awards: Winner, Best Actress (Sally Hawkins)
  • Writers Guild of Canada: Winner, Best Feature Film 
Sally Hawkins, playing Maud, disappears into the performance, capturing Maud’s physical limitations but also the light in her eyes, the sly humor in her observations about life – and her gift for seeing the greatest beauty in the simplest things.
Richard Roeper

Chicago Sun-Times

The world didn’t give Maud much, but then, not much was required to make her happy – just a window to look out at the world. Maud’s life was constricted, but her gaze was expansive. And so is the movie.
Bob Mondello

NPR News

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