Based on a true story, this biographical drama is about an unlikely 1950s romance in which reclusive Everett Lewis (Ethan Hawke) hires a fragile yet determined woman named Maud Lewis (Sally Hawkins) to be his housekeeper. Maudie, bright-eyed but hunched with crippled hands, yearns to be independent, to live away from her protective family. She also yearns, passionately, to create art. Unexpectedly, Everett finds himself falling in love with her. The film charts Everett's efforts to protect himself from being hurt, Maudie's deep and abiding love for this difficult man, and her surprising rise to fame as a folk painter. Winner of 23 critic and festival awards, including the National Society of Film Critics' Best Actress Award. "One of the most beautiful and life-affirming and uplifting movies of the year, capable of moving us to tears of appreciation for getting to know the title subject." — Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times. "A work of art." — Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Rated PG-13.