‘Maudie’

Opera House to screen movie Saturday, Tuesday

The next feature film in the Opera House Cinema Series is “Maudie,” starring Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke. It will be screened on Saturday and Aug. 8 at 7:30 p.m.

“Maudie,” based on a true story, is an unlikely romance in which the reclusive Everett Lewis (Hawke) hires a fragile yet determined woman named Maudie (Hawkins) to be his housekeeper. Maudie, bright-eyed but hunched with crippled hands, yearns to be independent, to live away from her protective family and she also yearns, passionately, to create art.

Unexpectedly, Everett finds himself falling in love. “Maudie” 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.

Calvin Wilson, in the St. Louis Post Dispatch, calls the film “a work of art.” Thelma Adams, in the New York Observer, calls it a “shimmering drama (that) hands Sally Hawkins an Oscar-worthy role in an emotional and inspirational biopic about art, love and this cruel, beautiful world of ours.” Adam Graham, in the Detroit News, calls the film “an oddly affecting love story about burying the hurt and trudging forward in the face of pain and finding your own version of happiness.”

Rated PG-13 for some thematic content and brief sexuality, “Maudie” runs one hour, 55 minutes.

The Opera House Cinema Series is sponsored by Lake Shore Savings Bank. Tickets are available at the door for $7 (adults), $6.50 (seniors & Opera House members) and $5 (students) the night of each screening. A book of 10 movie passes is available for $60 at the door or online at www.fredopera.org.

For more information, call the Opera House Box Office at 679-1891.

The Opera House is equipped with individualized closed captioning headsets for the deaf as well as with assistive listening headsets for the hearing-impaired. Simply request one from any usher or Opera House staff member.

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House is a member-supported not-for-profit performing arts center located in Village Hall in downtown Fredonia. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.fredopera.org.

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