Maudie is a biographical movie about a life of a Canadian folk artist, Maud Lewis. Maud walks with a limp and a hunched back, caused by juvenile-onset of rheumatoid arthritis and yearns to live independently. Her parents died when she was young and at the start of the movie she is living with her Aunt Ida. She wants to move back home but her brother, Charles, had sold their family home. At a store, Maud overhears the rough and angry Everett Lewis, a fish peddler who is looking for a housemaid. Maud takes the position, asking for a room as well. However, Everett's house is small, so he insists that she sleep on the same bed. When she cleans the house, she finds a can of paint and starts painting a shelf and flowers on the wall. Everett has a bad temper and occasionally lashes out at Maud and when she is sad, she starts painting.
One day, one of Everett's customers, Sandra, visits the house looking for Everett and is intrigued by Maud's paintings on the wall. When Maud starts helping Everett with his business and gives out cards with her paintings, Sandra wants more of these cards and she starts buying them from Maud. Later she commissions Maud for a larger painting at a higher price.
Throughout the movie, you see the relationship between Everett and Maud grow. Everett makes a move on Maud in bed and Maud rejects him saying that they should get married. At first, Everett doesn't agree but later they eventually get married. We also found out that Maud had a child out of wedlock when she was young and that the baby died because it was deformed, which is one of the reasons why she wants to get married.
Maud continues to paint more and more even though her hand becomes more gnarled and twisted. They start selling her paintings by displaying them outside their house and on the side of the road. Her paintings became famous and gain lots of exposure.
Later, Aunt Ida, who is sick and dying, reveals that Maud's baby did not die but was, in fact, alive and healthy and that her brother Charles had sold her because they thought she wasn't capable of raising a baby, let alone herself. Maud is so distraught upon finding out this news and the emotional anguish makes Everett angry, so they separated. However after some time, they reconcile and Everett brings Maud to the home of her daughter's adoptive family, where she sees her daughter for the first time from afar. The story ends with Maud's physical condition deteriorating and also suffering from emphysema. She passes away at a hospital telling Everett that she was loved.
The movie was just beautiful, although some may feel it was slow-paced towards the start. The acting was just incredible from both Sally Hawkins who played Maud and Ethan Hawke, who played Everett. However, Hawkins definitely took the spotlight. Her portrayal of Maud, from her body language, physical movements through to the expression in her eyes was just eloquent. This, combined with the scenic beauty of the film location was just amazing. It was a very sweet, heartfelt movie.