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By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Strong acting in inspiring biopic of Canadian folk artist.

Movie PG-13 2017 115 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 13+

Artsy Romance

It’s a movie that shows passion over adversity. Making do with what you have and finding happiness in life without having many material things. The sad parts are the abuse. But she stands up for herself.

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age 13+

A true story but I wouldn't recommend.

Sad really. If I hadn't been at the theatre I would have turned it off. But once it was all done, I guess I was glad to have watched it. Wouldn't recommend though

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Hawkins turns in a heartfelt performance as real-life painter Maud Lewis (1903-1970), carrying a biographical drama that's lovely and gentle without ever becoming soft or sentimental. Hawke matches her as the inarticulate, anti-social Everett Lewis, who frequently loses his patience but ultimately has encouragement and devotion for Maud.

Maudie isn't perfect -- it comes with many of the typical biopic trappings, especially the challenge of taking place over the course of several decades, with the actors increasingly being slathered in age makeup. And while the few supporting characters serve a purpose, they don't always come to life. But Irish director Aisling Walsh avoids making huge, unfathomable leaps in time and devotes her camera to small moments. She stays with the characters rather than focusing on just life highlights and events. Best of all, she manages to echo the themes of Maud's paintings, using windows and doorways as frames, mirroring paint colors to the things of real life, and watching as the seasons pass, each highlighting its own particular kind of beauty.

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