Wendy and Lucy

Directed By: Kelly Reichardt Starring: Michelle Williams

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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.


Studio Oscilloscope Pictures
SKU 210761715
UPC 896602002050
UPC 14 00896602002050
Format DVD
Release Date 5/5/2009
Rating Rating
Road Movies
Road Trips
Small Town Life
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Editors Note
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.
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,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
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
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
Kelly Reichardt
Michelle Williams
Cast & Crew
Michelle Williams - Star
William Oldham - Star
Walter Dalton - Star
John Robinson - Star
Larry Fessenden - Star
Will Patton - Star
Neil Kopp - Producer
Jonathan Raymond - Source Writer
Larry Fessenden - Producer
Kelly Reichardt - Screenwriter
Jonathan Raymond - Screenwriter
Anish Savjani - Producer
Kelly Reichardt - Editor
Kelly Reichardt - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2008
Catalog ID 200205
UPC 00896602002050
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 80 minutes
Color Color
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD

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