MAUDIE

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FIRST-TIME FEA­TURE di­rec­tor Ais­ling

Walsh re­unites with her Finger­smith star Sally Hawkins in this ten­der true tale of the ro­mance of ec­cen­tric Cana­dian artist Maud Dow­ley and emo­tion­ally sti­fled fish­mon­ger Everett Lewis (Hawke). Shot in New­found­land and Labrador, the beau­ti­ful lo­ca­tions give strik­ing con­text for a story that is suf­fused in sad­ness. Maud — arthritic, aban­doned and nurs­ing the pain of los­ing her daugh­ter — be­comes Everett’s house­keeper af­ter an­swer­ing an ad, and af­ter a chal­leng­ing start a quiet, un­demon­stra­tive kind of love de­vel­ops. Like the cen­tral pair’s ro­mance, it’s a slow-burn, un­showy film, with nu­anced per­for­mances from Hawkins and Hawke, who make this un­con­ven­tional but del­i­cately mov­ing re­la­tion­ship ring per­fectly true. LB

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