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One way to get through the long, agonizing experience of "Maudie" is to convince yourself it's a comedy. The spectacle of the actors flailing in a vacuum makes this possible, but intermittently, so the relief comes only in bursts.
"Maudie" shouldn't sugarcoat those hardships by presenting Everett as anything better than he was. In a way, the film acts much as her brush did, bringing color to parts of Maudie's life where it may not have actually existed.
There's much to appreciate in Maudie, especially if you're a fan of odd-pair love stories, but don't expect to learn much about what drives folk artists to create or what makes a woman pelted by life's lemons squeeze them into lemonade.
The film, if observed too closely, is not quite to scale here and slightly out of kilter there, but who cares? Art isn't science. It doesn't have answers. It doesn't have to have the answers. Not when it's beautiful.