Wendy is driving with her dog Lucy to Alaska, in hopes of a summer of lucrative work at the fish cannery. When her car breaks down in Oregon, the thin fabric of her financial situation comes apart, and she faces a series of increasingly dire challenges.
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There's something about 16mm American indie that exudes a familiar nostalgia for me even though I'm not from there. In these deep greens and hazy orange glows is possibly the finest pairing of woman (or man) and dog ever on screen. Contextualized within the rapid economic decline of 2008 - minimalist and realist - this subtley bleak slice-of-life shows the true heartache of living within modern capitalism.
Scene after scene I felt a heavy, dark pit expand in my stomach. Michelle Williams' quiet resolve is enough to carry this simple plot to territory most films of a similar nature only dream of reaching.
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.......
For real, director Kelly Reichardt's "Wendy and Lucy" is a far triumph from her new film "Night Moves". It's an intimate encounter with Wendy, as she tries to get by in a small town where she's a stranger. Here's a masterful direction of a very limited and intimate setting without boring the audience. Michelle Williams' presence must have been a big plus, but this film is just beautiful at its own right.
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