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Wendy and Lucy (2008)Wendy and Lucy (2008)

Wendy and Lucy (2008)

Michelle Williams gives her all as a drifter just trying to make it in America

Drama

best
THE VERY BEST

8.1

movie

United States of America

English

A-list actors, Challenging, Depressing

2008

Female director, Kelly Reichardt

Ayanna Berkshire, David Koppell, Deirdre OConnell

80 min

Synopsis

Wendy, a near-penniless drifter, is traveling to Alaska in search of work, and her only companion is her dog, Lucy. Already perilously close to losing everything, Wendy hits a bigger bump in the road when her old car breaks down and she is arrested for shoplifting dog food. When she posts bail and returns to retrieve Lucy, she finds that the dog is gone, prompting a frantic search for her pet.

Our Take

8.1
Igor Fishman

Wendy (Michelle Williams) is a drifter driving up to Alaska in hopes of finding work. When her car breaks down, she and her dog Lucy are stranded and forced to scrounge for food and repairs, hitting one roadblock after another on her path to an uncertain dream. This sympathetic and solemn look at poverty from director Kelly Reichardt serves as a reminder of how easy it is to fall through the fragile American safety net.   

Reichardt’s uncompromising approach paired with Williams’s restrained performance makes the experience authentic and intense, recalling the work of Ken Loach. This natural sharpness makes for an engrossing watch that builds in power until the emotional release of the film’s heartbreaking conclusion. 

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