Wendy and Lucy

Kelly Reichardt (2008)

Michelle Williams, Will Patton, Will Oldham Rated 15 Run time 78 mins

Kelly Reichardt’s subtle storytelling technique uses a formal minimalist style to weave together a unique emotional and political road film. Wendy is driving to Alaska, in the hope of a summer of lucrative work, and the start of a new life with her dog, Lucy. However, the thin fabric of her financial situation comes apart, and she confronts a series of increasingly dire economic decisions. Wendy and Lucy addresses issues of sympathy and generosity, revealing the limits and depths of people’s duty to each other in tough times.

85% – Rotten Tomatoes
7.1/10 – IMDB

“Evanescent and intangible, it dissolves into the air, leaving something tragic and mysterious behind.”

“A tragic tone poem for a modern day America, struggling to find a sense of hope in an increasingly hopeless world.”

Review: Wendy and Lucy – Roger Ebert

Article: Why Wendy and Lucy remains a vital piece of American cinema – Little White Lies