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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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.......
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
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
Interesting to observe how most of my fellow European MUBI friends grade Wendy and Lucy and how my World Cinema (including USA) MUBI friends do. In short, Americans love this movie and Europeans find it interesting yes but not so original because we've already seen this kind of movie a thousand times here in Motherland. We care. Already forgotten.