Everett was both emotionally and physically violent towards his diminutive partner. The film doesn’t shy from that fact – nor should it. However, by taking an approach to this aspect of Maud’s life that is as guileless and simplistic as her drawings, by trying to smooth the splinters and rebrand the couple’s marriage as a great romance, Walsh’s film feels jarringly at odds with contemporary sensibilities. A bully is a bully, no matter how cheerfully he is painted.
August 06, 2017