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.
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.