Maud is a young folk artist suffering from rheumatoid arthritis but who loves nothing better than to paint. However, when her brother Charles sells the family home, she is forced to move on and find a job to support herself. That's when she decides to answer an advert at the local grocery store in Marshalltown, Nova Scotia. A man named Everett Lewis is looking to hire a woman to help with domestic chores and he agrees to take on Maudie under the strict understanding that his dog and his chickens are his first priorities. He's a hard man to please, however, and more than once is their unusual new relationship fraught with tension and hurt. When she begins to paint murals around the home, she draws the attention of the delighted neighbours who come from all over to buy her canvas work. Initially warming to the idea, Everett soon turns on Maudie, embarrassed with all the attention. But there's something between that neither of them can shake off and Everett finds himself falling for this simple but kind and forgiving woman.
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Freshly fired with kind words, accountant Terry Allen (Six Feet Under's Peter Krause) comes home to his loving wife Marla (Kari Matchett) with nothing to do. At first, Terry spends all day wading through want ads, flipping through the television, practicing some calisthenics, and generally being bored. Then one day a "Middle Eastern guy" named Gabe Hassan (an underwrought but riveting Khaled Abol Naga) moves into a lower apartment across the way from Terry. With the television bursting with post-9/11 imagery, Terry becomes interested and quickly builds a case against Gabe. This leads him to an FBI agent (Richard Schiff) and a whole new world of trouble as he tries everything from innuendo to straight-out bullying to get Gabe to confess to something.
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