The kindness of strangers is pretty much all our main character, portrayed by Michelle Williams, has to fall back on in this low-key drama. On her way to a summer of lucrative work, and the possibility of a new life, Wendy’s car breaks down in a small town in Oregon. With less than $600 in her pockets, this is not an ideal situation. The setbacks just keep mounting, as her dog Lucy disappears. She befriends a parking lot guard, who gives her some hope; but all things considered, Wendy’s world is falling apart. In the end, the minimalistic and intimate script creates a truly sympathetic heroine.

Director Kelly Reichardt chooses not to tell the audience how Wendy ended up in this predicament; a fact that doesn’t matter much anyway. Without ever getting tearjerkingly sentimental, Wendy and Lucy might be the saddest movie of the year. Look out for underground singer and cult icon Will Oldham, who also wrote the theme song, in the role of Icky.

Wendy & Lucy poster
Title
Wendy & Lucy
Director
Kelly Reichardt
Country
USA
Length
80 min
Festival
2008
Section
American Independents
Language
English
Premiere status
Nordic Premiere
Production year
2008
Cast
Michelle Williams, Deneb Catalan, John Robinson
Producer
Larry Fessenden, Neil Kopp
Script
Kelly Reichardt, Jonathan Raymond
Music
Will Oldham

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