In the 1930s a woman (Sally Hawkins) struck with crippling arthritis runs away from her controlling aunt (Gabrielle Rose) to keep house for a rough-mannered fishmonger (Ethan Hawke). Living in a tiny house in Nova Scotia, the couple becomes famous when the arthritic woman cultivates her primitive artistic talent and sells several paintings. Also with Kari Matchett, Zachary Bennett and Greg Malone. Directed by Aisling Walsh. [1:55]
SEX/NUDITY 5 - A man and a woman in bed are fully clothed; he lies on top of her under a blanket and from a distance, we hear grunting and groaning and see a slight side-to-side motion; he then rolls off her and turns his back and she moves near him and touches his back, but he says not to get him worked up again because, "I'd rather stick it in a tree." A man and a woman lie clothed in bed and he reaches his arm around her as she is facing away from him; he reaches under the covers and seems to reach between his legs and she tells him, "You wanna to do that, we gotta get married" as he lies on top of her and she says she does not want to get into trouble again.
► A husband and his new wife dance in a loft. A husband caresses his wife's hair. A man and a woman hold hands on a porch swing and later, while she lies in a hospital bed.
► A woman tells a man that she once gave birth, but her brother and aunt said the baby was deformed, died, and was buried while the woman was asleep. A man in a store says, "I want a woman," and the clerk yelps, "You want a what?" and the customer says he wants a housemaid. A man tells the woman he hired as a live-in maid to sleep in the same bed as he does or to get out. A woman says to a younger woman, "You are determined to put a stain on this family," referring to the second woman taking a job as a live-in housemaid for a man. A woman says that she knows she was loved. A woman asks a man if he likes the flowers she painted and he replies, "How am I supposed to know? Do I look like a woman?"
VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A man backhands a woman hard in the face in front of his male friend and tells her to get inside the house; she yelps, grabs her face and hurries inside where they argue. A woman lies in a hospital bed, her face bluish-gray and a man sitting on her bed becomes tearful as she gasps and dies.
► A woman in her 30s is left with crippling arthritis from a childhood bout of rheumatic fever; she is bent over in the upper spine and neck, her hands tend to curl uncomfortably, her foot and ankle are twisted, she has increasing difficulty walking and she experiences constant pain. A woman with gnarled hands holds a paintbrush with both hands and then drops it, wheezing loudly, coughing open-mouthed, and grunting, unable to breathe; a man carries her to a pickup truck and the camera cuts to a gurney surrounded by nurses and doctors rushing through a hospital hallway.
► A woman in a club tries to dance (alone) to swing music, but is unable to do so. A woman falls away from the camera in deep snow beside her house and calls her husband's name; the camera cuts to a doctor in her home, listening to her wheezing chest and telling her that she has emphysema. An elderly woman is helped into a car by a nurse and gasps for air. A woman tells her niece she is dying.
► A woman learns that her brother sold their family home, as well as her baby to pay his debts. A thirtysomething woman's aunt berates her for visiting a nightclub. A man and a woman argue several times. A man hires a woman as a housemaid and then shouts at her, tells her to leave during the cold night, and throws her things onto the floor; she leaves and we do not see where she sleeps, but she returns early the next morning, scrubbing the wooden floor on her knees. A man and a woman argue, she leaves the house carrying a small bag and a large painting, and limps to a relative's house over a mile away. A man and a woman argue in his pickup truck, she cries and exits, and limps quite a distance to a friend's house. A man in a store shouts and slams his fist on the counter. An elderly woman tells her niece that her baby years ago was not deformed and did not die, but was sold by her (niece's) brother; the niece bends over and cries but makes little sound. A man sometimes growls or grunts. A man says to a woman, "You walk funny. You crippled?" and she says no, but kids throw stones at her because she walks funny. A man shouts at a woman that people are laughing at him because of her. A husband tells his wife firmly, "I am the boss," and later that he, the dogs, and the chickens all come before her in his household. A woman argues with her brother, shouting and becoming tearful. A woman grimaces and cries about her baby after she learns that her brother sold it. A woman becomes tearful when she sees her child for the first time.
► A woman picks up a large chicken, its wings flapping in her face; she places its head on a wooden stump, raises an axe, the camera cuts to a pot of chicken stew on a stove and she tells a man she killed a chicken.
► A man spits outside twice and we see white spittle. A woman wearing heavy clothing says that she urinated on herself (we do not see any urine or wetness).
PROFANITY 2 - 1 scatological term, 4 anatomical terms, name-calling (crippled-up woman, stupid, stupider, idiot, silly, princess, disgusting, fairies [referring to painted birds]), 1 religious profanity (GD), 1 religious exclamation (God). [profanity glossary]
SUBSTANCE USE - A woman in a club holds a bottle of beer and takes a drink from it. A woman smokes or lights and smokes a cigarette outside a club as well as in her house and outside her house, a woman holds a cigarette in a doorway and flicks ashes out the door, a woman holds a lit cigarette and does not smoke, smoke rises from ashtrays containing a lit cigarette and several butts in a couple of scenes, a doctor tells a woman to stop smoking, and a man says that he likes his pipe (we never see it).
DISCUSSION TOPICS - The importance of art, the Great Depression, selling children, physical disabilities, suffering, hardships, losing one's home, lying, spousal abuse, manipulation, relationships, marriage, love, respect, determination, standing up for one's rights, illness, death.
MESSAGE - You can suffer from a devastating illness and abuse before attaining happiness and fame.