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/10
3,873 Ratings

Wendy and Lucy

Directed by Kelly Reichardt
United States, 2008
Drama

Synopsis

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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Wendy and Lucy Directed by Kelly Reichardt
Reichardt is not as interested in the scenic beauty of the state as she is its purgatorial nature, stripping away its beauty in service of illuminating themes of poverty and loneliness. Wendy and Lucy is the most vivid example of the infinite journey and all that informs its construction, visually and thematically, in Reichardt’s cinema.
June 19, 2014
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It’s a small gem that has all the Americana of a John Ford movie yet recalls the naturalism of VAGABOND and even UMBERTO D. And like those movies it’s about people literally living hand to mouth, an existence where a gift of $6 (which occurs towards the end) is truly a sacrifice. Owing much to co-screenwriter Jon Raymond’s fiction, it unfolds like a perfectly constructed novella.
May 16, 2014
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It’s almost a structuralist triumph: how to make the most emotionally wrenching indie of the new era with as little narrative as possible… The film’s genuine power comes not from transcending or expanding that piddling premise, but making the situation burn on your eyes like sulfur.
May 05, 2009
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