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.
The focus on the socioeconomic through the conflict of losing Lucy is a great way to view the perspective not usually seen on the American cinema landscape (not to me, at least). I really enjoyed the interactions that present Wendy's plight and the feeling of the water level always at chin level with the risk of going under being endlessly imminent.
a simple but beautiful story, bathed in pale colors and constantly cloaked in ambient noise (cars, construction, the ringing of cash registers, etc.) that could be said to represent the constant presence of capitalism that is holding Wendy back as she struggles to keep her loyal companion and obtain the resources she needs to start a new life.
Enchanting and truly heartbreaking little film dealing with a young drifter trying to find her way to Alaska with her dog and the series of things that go wrong. Michelle Williams, who certainly isn't a secret weapon in film any more, is remarkable in the lead role, beginning a wonderful working relationship with director Kelly Reichardt.
I really enjoyed this film, but I didn't want to just enjoy it. I wanted to walk away loving it. I thought that it was beautifully shot and that Michelle Williams was fantastic in it. And that's about it. After that I find it hard to find any other positives to list. I enjoyed the film, but found the narrative to be really lacking which in turn made Wendy and Lucy rather forgettable...