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Maudie (2016)

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An arthritic Nova Scotia woman works as a housekeeper while she hones her skills as an artist and eventually becomes a beloved figure in the community.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Maud Lewis
... Everett Lewis
... Sandra
... Aunt Ida
... Charles Dowley
... Frank
... Mr. Davis (Shopkeeper)
Greg Malone ... Mr. Hill
Marthe Bernard ... Kay
... Paul
Nik Sexton ... Steven (CBC Reporter)
Judy Hancock ... Ida's Nurse
Mike Daly ... Man at Bar
Brian Marler ... Doctor
Denise Sinnott ... Hospital Nurse


1930's rural Nova Scotia. Maud Dowley, who suffers from rheumatoid arthritis, smokes heavily to deal with the pain. Because of her unusual gait from the arthritis, she is often mistaken as a stupid, incapable woman, that perception which does make her feel stupid and incapable. That view is held by her surviving family, her brother Charlie and her Aunt Ida with who she lives. After an action by Charlie, Maud decides to seek some independence, she the only applicant for a posted job as housekeeper for brusque Everett Lewis, a poor fish seller. Despite not wanting to hire a cripple which only adds to their antagonism, Maud negotiates to get the job for room and board. Their antagonistic relationship ends up including Everett exacting beatings on Maud whenever she doesn't do what he wants. To keep herself happy, Maud begins to paint the interior of the house with happy pictures and paint similar pictures on small cards, these folk art pictures how she wants to see the world. Maud's ... Written by Huggo

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some thematic content and brief sexuality. | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

4 August 2017 (Ireland)  »

Also Known As:

Maudie, el color de la vida  »


Box Office


€4,993,020 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$69,085, 16 June 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,170,998, 16 November 2017
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sean Bean was originally cast, but was replaced with Ethan Hawke. See more »


Despite the fact when in the hospital near the film's end, the year is 1970, there are shots of a modern doorknob, folder holder on the wall, and automatic door sensor. See more »


Everett Lewis: You'd never last here. It's a seven-mile walk to the store.
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Crazy Credits

A brief clip in the end credits shows the real Maud Lewis with husband, Everett, from a 1976 black and white short, "Maud Lewis: A World Without Shadows." See more »


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Written by Marc Ferrari & Pete Surdoval
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An inspiring and heartfelt story
23 September 2017 | by See all my reviews

My favourite film so far this year : Sally Hawkins is mesmerising as Maudie and gives a performance,which is truly Academy Award worthy. Ethan Hawke is equally good as her crusty damaged husband Everett. He describes their relationship as " two odd socks "and they fit perfectly together with quite a few holes. If you get a chance this is a not to be missed movie it's like a Mahler symphony and is quite inspirational. So grateful we have Mt Vic Flix in the mountains if it wasn't for their existence we wouldn't see quality cinema. You don't need a mega budget or Hollywood for that matter to produce a gem of a movie.

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