Sally Hawkins & Ethan Hawke Star in MAUDIE on DVD, Blu-ray & Digital Oct.10th
"Captivating! Sally Hawkins' Performance Splendidly Carries the Day." –Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter
By: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Based on the true story of folk artist, Maud Lewis (Sally Hawkins), a bright-eyed, intelligent woman, hunched with crippled hands from arthritis, yearns to be independent and to live away from her overly protective family. She escapes her solitary existence in her aunt's home through her art, dreaming away the days, until in her early 30s she finds, and answers, an advertisement for a housekeeper.
Everett Lewis (Ethan Hawke) is a 40-year old bachelor who owes nothing to anyone. Tall, skinny and shabby, abandoned by his parents at a very young age, he has nevertheless managed to become a proud and self-sufficient man, largely by collecting scraps and peddling fish. He lives in a 10x12 foot house that has neither running water nor electricity, but at least it's all his. He is his own boss and has everything he needs, except maybe a woman to clean the house and cook his meals.
When Maud answers the ad, Everett hesitates at first. Seeing this strange looking woman - short, hunched over, with gnarled up hands and two huge bright brown eyes, he can't imagine she can handle the hard work. She is determined though and refuses to leave, so he hires her, but remains wary.
She talks too much, has too many opinions, is a terrible housekeeper and keeps talking marriage whenever he tries to have sex. She spends most of her time painting doodles on cardboard and the walls of his house. Everett realizes he hardly got what he bargained for.
But over time, Everett starts to need Maud. When she isn't near him, his life is dull and grey. She understands him in a way that no one ever has and she loves being needed by him. Their bond grows deep and unspoken. She continues to paint. He begins to take over the housework. When they realize people will actually buy her cards and paintings, he supports and encourages her.
Maudie's determination for her art, along with her partnership with Everett, blossoms into a career as a famous folk artist, bringing them closer together in ways they never imagined.
Directed by Aisling Walsh (Song For A Raggy Boy) and written by Sherry White (Down To The Dirt ). The film was produced by Bob Cooper (The War Magician), Mary Young Leckie (Where The Spirit Lives), Mary Sexton (How To Be Deadly) and Susan Mullen (Brooklyn).
Blu-ray & DVD & Digital Bonus Features Include:
§"Deleted Scenes" Featurette
§"Inside Story" Featurette
§"Directors Look Book" Featurette
MAUDIE has a run time of approximately 115 minutes and is rated PG-13 for some thematic content and brief sexuality.
Artwork and digital clips are available for download at www.sphepublicity.com.
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