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Format: DVD
Sku: 210761715
UPC: 896602002050
UPC 14: 00896602002050
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An idealistic young drifter, her faithful dog and the wide-open spaces of the pacific northwest. Wendy is a down-on-her luck girl who is hoping to turn things around for herself with a summer job in alaska.
Editor's Note
On the heels of her critically lauded OLD JOY, Kelly Reichardt delivers another deeply resonant portrait of a dying America with WENDY AND LUCY. In OLD JOY, two men provided the heart and soul of the story. This time, the film is centered on a young woman, played with utter conviction and selflessness by Michelle Williams (BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN). Williams is Wendy, a down-on-her-luck woman who has driven across-country with her dog, Lucy, in search of a better life in Alaska. Wendy can barely support this journey, and when her car breaks down in Oregon and she becomes separated from Lucy, her predicament becomes even more dire. In a world that doesn't seem to know she even exists, Wendy befriends a local security guard (Wally Dalton), who gives her a tiny fraction of hope.

Considering this film together with OLD JOY, it's obvious that Reichardt has shot up in the ranks of American auteurs. She is becoming a master of minor features that feel like the best short stories, a sort of cinematic Raymond Carver. Credit is obviously bestowed upon the marvelous Williams, who is in almost every shot of the film, and who delivers an astonishingly honest performance. But everything about this film reeks of truth, most noticeably Sam Levy's restrained but beautiful cinematography, and Reichardt's patient editing. WENDY AND LUCY is a tribute to marginalized characters that the movies, and the real world, would usually rather ignore.

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Video Mfg Name Studio: Oscilloscope Pictures
Video Release Date Release Date: 5/5/2009
Video Play Time Running Time: 80 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2008
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 200205
Video UPC UPC: 00896602002050
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

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Video Color Spec Video: Color
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review Wendy and Lucy- DVD Review
By: Chris Cabin filmcritic.com DVD Reviews
Published on: 4/24/2009 5:36 PM
A prime specimen of American independent cinema unencumbered by overbearing social commentary, Kelly Reichardt's serene Wendy and Lucy finds more startling emotional honesty in the relationship between a young woman, her lost dog, and a small cast of day-job regulars than most films dare ask of two humans. Securing Michelle Williams' place as one of the great young actresses currently working in the American cinema, Reichardt has miraculously cut down the lean metaphysics of her last work, 2006's majestic Old Joy, into something far more enrapturing, a sort of seasonal constellation....read the full review
Expert Review Wendy and Lucy - DVD Review
By: Emily McDonald Cinema Blend DVD Reviews
Published on: 5/5/2009 4:24 AM
Wendy and Lucy is an independent film in the spirit they were intended. There is very little soundtrack to distract from the sparse activity within the film; there are no costume changes and almost no makeup. The camera is wobbly and sometimes shots are out of focus. Wendy (Michelle Williams) hums throughout the film, and this gives the film it's raw, unorthodox soundtrack of a woman's vibrating trachea. The end product is a movie that has an atmospheric feel to it. Wendy and Lucy has the mood of a piece of work that is still gestating, it feels unfinished and dreamlike, but that is most certainly on purpose. ...read the full review

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Michelle Williams
Video Cast Info William Oldham
Video Cast Info Walter Dalton
Video Cast Info John Robinson
Video Cast Info Larry Fessenden
Video Cast Info Will Patton
Video Cast Info Neil Kopp - Producer
Video Cast Info Jonathan Raymond - Source Writer
Video Cast Info Larry Fessenden - Producer
Video Cast Info Kelly Reichardt - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Jonathan Raymond - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Anish Savjani - Producer
Video Cast Info Kelly Reichardt - Editor
Video Cast Info Kelly Reichardt - Director

Professional Reviews

Box Office
3 stars out of 5 -- "It's a small story with a big heart that trumps a lot of the louder and more expensive machine-made Hollywood pictures." 12/01/2008 p.38

Entertainment Weekly
"[Reichardt] has perfected a mode of rapturous minimalism....Williams makes Wendy's total lack of affect luminously expressive." -- Grade: A- 12/12/2008 p.55

New York Times
"[The film] does not include a superfluous word or shot....What happens to Wendy -- and to Lucy -- matters a lot, which is to say that WENDY AND LUCY, for all its modesty, matters a lot too." 12/12/2008

Los Angeles Times
"Reichardt's haunting, mournful film engages the texture of a life in which money and hope are equally thin on the ground....Williams' performance is remarkable not only for its depth but for its stillness." 12/12/2008

Rolling Stone
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Kelly Reichardt is a true cinema poet who works miracles in miniature. And she finds the perfect collaborator in Williams..." 01/08/2008 p.118

Entertainment Weekly
Included in Entertainment Weekly's 2008 Films Of The Year -- "[A] precise, nearly whispered story....Pay attention, and it grows into a textured ode -- or maybe it's a lament -- to a lost America..." 12/26/2008

Chicago Sun-Times
"WENDY AND LUCY is another illustration of how absorbing a film can be when the plot doesn't stand between us and a character." 01/28/2009

Washington Post
"Williams's performance is nuanced, moving and well worth any awards she gets." 01/30/2009

Total Film
4 stars out of 5 -- "Far more than just a sentimental anecdote about a girl and a dog, on this exciting new director's watch a simple tale becomes the stuff of pure poetry." 03/01/2009

Wall Street Journal
"In a minimalist movie of muted emotions, Ms. Williams gives as lovely a performance as a moviegoer could ask for." 12/31/2010

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