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Maud (Sally Hawkins) , a bright-eyed, intelligent woman, hunched and with hands disabled by arthritis, yearns to be independent from her overly protective family. She answers an advertisement for a housekeeper by a 40-year-old bachelor, Everett (Ethan Hawke) , who owes nothing to anyone. She is a terrible housekeeper and spends most of her time painting. But over time, she wins his heart. When they realize people will actually buy her cards and paintings, he supports and encourages her. Maud's determination for her art, along with her partnership with Everett, blossoms into a career as a famous folk artist.

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Ethan Hawke

Ethan Green Hawke is a four-time Academy Award-nominated American actor, writer and film director. In 1988, Hawke was cast in a role in director Peter Weir's ; the film's success was considered Hawke's breakthrough. He left school and appeared in , and many other movies. In 2001, he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Hawke directed and has written two novels, (in 1996) and (in 2002) . In 2005, he received his first screenwriting Oscar nomination for co-writing the 2004 film, (a sequel to ) . From October 2006 through May 2007, he was in by Tom Stoppard at Lincoln Center in New York, playing Mikhail Bakunin. For this performance, he was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play.

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