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KELLY REICHARDT, RANKED

by David Liu
Few contemporary filmmakers capture the inner cries of our times with greater eloquence than Kelly Reichardt. Haunted by economic doldrums and fractured working-class psyches, her films are meditations on a mercurial America, pondering the present through bracingly frank snapshots of small-town life and the tenuous bond between individuals and nature. From 1994’s “River of Grass” to 2008’s “Wendy and Lucy,” her 14-year filmmaking career offers us an indelible look at characters who hail from the fringes of American society, both by choice and by circumstance. My recap of Reichardt’s appearance at the Pacific Film Archive at Berkeley, CA in… Read more

Few contemporary filmmakers capture the inner cries of our times with greater eloquence than Kelly Reichardt. Haunted by economic doldrums and fractured working-class psyches, her films are meditations on a mercurial America, pondering the present through bracingly frank snapshots of small-town life and the tenuous bond between individuals and nature. From 1994’s “River of Grass” to 2008’s “Wendy and Lucy,” her 14-year filmmaking career offers us an indelible look at characters who hail from the fringes of American society, both by choice and by circumstance.

My recap of Reichardt’s appearance at the Pacific Film Archive at Berkeley, CA in November 2010:
http://www.dailycal.org/article/111201/it_takes_a_train_to_cry

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