Wendy, a financially insecure drifter, is traveling to Alaska with her beloved dog, Lucy. When Wendy is arrested for shoplifting, Lucy is taken to a pound. Upon release, Wendy is faced with a series of increasingly dire economic decisions.
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This movie is rough. It's an American Bicycle Thieves but she loses her dog instead of a bicycle and doesn't even have the amount of companionship and support as the neorealist protagonist. It's a very well made but depressing film, and unfortunately reflects on an actually extant subculture of poor young people that is mostly looked over and has probably only expanded in size since this movie came out.--PolarisDiB
There is some great acting in this little movie. Just one bad thing after another happens to this lady and there are only two or three people nice to her. I'm not a big fan of these stories about the hopelessness of life, while the main character really does her best to be polite, find a job, etc.
I think Reichardt's most superb film is "Meek's Cutoff" or "Old Joy," but personally my best movie is this. Wendy is the one who can't say "Help me" & wouldn't know how she grab someone's hand if she has been came to the rescue of. like Varda's "Vagabond" or Zellner's "Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter," Wendy's wander for Lucy, which only she love truly, is bleak & heart-cringe & sad & hard & nawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.......
Una sorta di road-movie della solitudine. Un film scarno e senza grosse pretese, ma che nella sua essenzialità riesce come pochi a penetrare in fondo al cuore, per colmarlo d'emozioni... http://visionesospesa.blogspot.it/2014/04/wendy-and-lucy.html