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Based on a true story, Sally Hawkins plays Maud, a woman with rheumatoid arthritis who turns up on the doorstep one day of Everett (Ethan Hawke) who has advertised for a woman to keep his house clean. He is gruff, lives alone, and makes his living as a fisherman. The film is the story of how their relationship develops and how Maud becomes a widely-known artist. The movie is not perfect; it lacks depth of character development, and the movie spans about 40 years although it is difficult to tell that from the film. But the acting here is phenomenal by Hawke and especially Sally Hawkins. She captures so well what the world must have looked like to Maud as she painted it. The story of how these lonely people found and fell deeply in love with each other is really sweet. One of the best parts of the film is the cinematography and score; the music really complemented the film, and Canadian landscape looks stunning in almost every scene. Big thumbs up from me for a film that should earn Hawkins and Oscar nomination this year.


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