Maudie - 4 Stars
Tragically beautiful story of artist Maudie is sure to be an award-season pick.
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.
Sally Hawkings gives a masterful performance in the leading role, capturing the naive innocence, yet worldweary appearance of the character stunningly. Ethan Hawke is equally as good as a awkward, emotionally repressed fisherman. The script is strong, but its the performances and direction that make this film work. The film focuses primarily on two characters - their interactions, evolving relationship and eventual dependence. It’s a heartbreaking story. The cinematography is excellent, as is the score - both adding to the film’s tone without distracting from the performances.
Overall an excellent, yet depressing film with two extraordinary performances.
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of Palace Nova Cinemas