WIFF | FILMS

MAUDIE

Review

Director:

Aisling Walsh

Genre:

Drama

Country:

Canada/Ireland

Rated:

PG

Year:

2016

Language:

English

Runtime:

115 minutes

Description:

Principal Cast: Sally Hawkins, Ethan Hawke

Marshalltown, Nova Scotia, 1937. Maud Dowley, afflicted with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, is stuck living with her unsympathetic aunt.  She passes the time creating colourful art.  Desperate to break away, she responds to a local fish peddler's call for a housekeeper. Everett Lewis is disagreeable and initially cruel to Maudie, but the two quickly acknowledge that each is in their own way a social outcast. They need and understand each other. Within weeks, they marry.

One day a summer resident comes calling. She's a New Yorker, who wears alluring clothing and speaks like Katharine Hepburn. She sees something in Maudie's paintings and commissions one. Suddenly Maudie's pastime is recognized as having real value. People come from far and wide. Eventually her work will hang in the White House.


This is a tale of a woman asserting herself as a generator of both art and commerce. But it is also a story of the power of creativity to transform a life and touch the soul.

Maudie is our Official Opening Night Film. Tickets are also available to our gala to follow. Our gala will be held in the ballroom after the screening, and will be a cocktail reception with an antipasto bar.

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