Sally Hawkins delivers a career-best performance in this drama based on the true story of Canadian folk artist Maud Lewis (1903-1970). Growing up in Nova Scotia, and plagued with rheumatoid arthritis, she was regarded as a helpless cripple until, in her mid-30s, she answered a notice for a housekeeper. She went to work for Everett Lewis (Ethan Hawke), a laconic fish peddler who lived alone in a 10×12 foot house, and while this gruff man offered her no encouragement, she started decorating their home with charming naïve designs and quaint paintings. Irish director Aisling Walsh celebrates the simple victories in Maud’s unenviable life, and Hawkins creates a portrayal that is intensely moving and often quite funny. Rated PG-13. Writer: Sherry White. Director: Aisling Walsh. (Canada/Ireland 2017) 117 min.
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