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Wendy and Lucy
     

Wendy and Lucy

4.0 3
Director: Kelly Reichardt, Michelle Williams, John Robinson, Will Oldham

Cast: Kelly Reichardt, Michelle Williams, John Robinson, Will Oldham

 
Old Joy director Kelly Reichardt crafts this intimate tale of Wendy, an alienated Indiana woman who packs up her car and sets her sights on Alaska, but finds herself stranded in a small Oregon town with no money and only her faithful dog, Lucy, to keep her company. When Wendy realizes that there's nothing keeping her in her home

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Old Joy director Kelly Reichardt crafts this intimate tale of Wendy, an alienated Indiana woman who packs up her car and sets her sights on Alaska, but finds herself stranded in a small Oregon town with no money and only her faithful dog, Lucy, to keep her company. When Wendy realizes that there's nothing keeping her in her home state of Indiana, she makes the decision to relocate to Alaska and seek out work at the local fish cannery. With her four-legged friend Lucy in the passenger seat next to her, Wendy stops off to get some rest in a small Oregon town. The following morning, when Wendy attempts to start her car, the engine fails to respond. But this is only the first in a series of snowballing events, because as Wendy waits for the local garage to open she heads to the supermarket to pick up some dog food for Lucy. Opting to shoplift the puppy chow since she doesn't have much cash to speak of, Wendy subsequently finds herself in the local jail thanks to an overzealous employee. By the time Wendy pays her fine and gets back to the supermarket, Lucy is gone. Unfortunately the dog pound doesn't open until the following morning, and after receiving some help from a kindly local, Wendy gets some particularly bad news about her car.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
Kelly Reichardt has always been a filmmaker engaged with the harsh realities of economic struggle in America. Her dryly funny debut, River of Grass, and the superb Old Joy are both thematically potent, socially conscious cinema, but they're also distinguished by indelible characters, mordant wit, and memorable images. While Wendy and Lucy, her third theatrical feature, has much to recommend it, it does not achieve those cinematic heights. Reichardt and cinematographer Sam Levy capture the decay of rail yards and industrial malls with her typical visual acuity, and interesting characters populate the margins of the film. Will Oldham, who starred in Old Joy, makes a brief but vivid appearance, and Will Patton adds a welcome jolt of energy late in the film. But Wendy, the film's main character -- reticent and retiring, a wounded woman who clearly just wants to be left alone and complete her journey to Alaska -- is simply not as singular a character as one would hope, based on the previous work of both the director and the film's talented star, Michelle Williams. Williams delivers an affecting performance, but Wendy never really comes into focus. As her woes pile up, we feel sorry for her, but she never generates the same type of fascination that Kurt in Old Joy and Cozy in River of Grass did. Reichardt is such a canny filmmaker that one could almost believe that she intentionally leaves Wendy underwritten and a bit of a cipher, because Wendy is far more effective as a bold-faced symbol of the downtrodden than as a fully realized human character. Coming from any other filmmaker, Wendy and Lucy's relatively clear-eyed and unsentimental tale of woe might be considered a minor triumph, but from one of Reichardt's unique talents, it is something of a letdown.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/05/2009
UPC:
0896602002050
Original Release:
2008
Source:
Oscilloscope
Region Code:
0
Time:
1:20:00

Special Features

A collection of 4 experimental gems from the Film Faculty at Bard College, curated by director Kelly Reichardt; "Boston Fire & New York Portrait" directed by Peter Hutton; "Scary Movie" directed by Peggy Ahwesh; "flight" directed by Les LeVeque; "How to Fix the World?" by Jacqueline Goss

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michelle Williams Wendy
John Robinson Andy
Will Oldham Icky
Will Patton Mechanic
Larry Fessenden Man in Park
Walter Dalton Security Guard
Lucy the Dog Herself
David Koppell Kid by Fire
Max Clement Kid by Fire
Sid Shanley Kid by Fire
Dave Hubner Kid by Fire
Michelle Worthy Sadie
Roger Faires recycler in wheelchair
Boggs Johnson recycling man
Tanya Smith grocery checker

Technical Credits
Kelly Reichardt Director,Editor,Screenwriter
Joshua Blum Executive Producer
Ali Farrell Casting
Larry Fessenden Producer
Simon Max Hill Casting
Neil Kopp Producer
Sam Levy Cinematographer
Phil Morrison Executive Producer
Phil Morrison Executive Producer
Eric Offin Sound/Sound Designer
Jon Raymond Screenwriter
Anish Savjani Producer
Rajen Savjani Executive Producer
Leslie Shatz Sound/Sound Designer
Ryan Smith Production Designer
Todd Haynes Executive Producer
Amanda Weedham Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Wendy and Lucy
1. Chapter 1 [3:07]
2. Chapter 2 [4:00]
3. Chapter 3 [1:13]
4. Chapter 4 [2:47]
5. Chapter 5 [5:45]
6. Chapter 6 [4:43]
7. Chapter 7 [3:07]
8. Chapter 8 [3:42]
9. Chapter 9 [2:51]
10. Chapter 10 [3:52]
11. Chapter 11 [4:12]
12. Chapter 12 [4:01]
13. Chapter 13 [4:57]
14. Chapter 14 [3:56]
15. Chapter 15 [3:13]
16. Chapter 16 [5:58]
17. Chapter 17 [2:36]
18. Chapter 18 [:09]
19. Chapter 19 [3:39]
20. Chapter 20 [5:32]
21. Chapter 21 [1:33]

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Wendy and Lucy 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Belisi More than 1 year ago
Great movie for people who have had to struggle in life and who love their animals.
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