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Wendy And Lucy - Review

Wendy And Lucy

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 3.5 out of 5

KELLY Reichardt’s follow-up to the critically-acclaimed Old Joy is another great little movie featuring a powerfully and moving central performance from Michelle Williams.

Named as one of the 10 best films of 2008 by the American Film Institute, Wendy & Lucy follows the fortunes of a lonely young woman named Wendy (played by Williams) whose car breaks down in a remote Pacific Northwest town while she is en route to Alaska to start a new life with her dog, Lucy.

Unable to pay for the repairs, Wendy resorts to shoplifting in a moment of desperation and is promptly arrested, forcing her to leave Lucy tied up outside the supermarket she stole from. When she returns, however, Lucy is gone and the subsequent film chronicles Wendy’s efforts to find her, while coming to terms with the reality of her predicament.

Reichardt’s film is a stark, honest tale of life’s hard struggle that’s often heartbreaking in its authenticity.

While slow-burning and deliberately paced, it features a commanding central performance from Williams that effectively conveys the fear, isolation, anger and determination of Wendy as she determines to try and gain a new start in life, but finds herself continually thwarted by the rigours and cost of everyday life.

There’s also some nice support from Will Patton, as a mechanic, and Walter Dalton as a kind elderly security guard.

The screenplay, co-written by Reichardt and Jon Raymond, is also insightful and thought-provoking, culminating in a resolution that’s both haunting and poignant.

Wendy & Lucy won’t be to everyone’s tastes, but fans of low-key indie drama will find plenty to reward their patience.

Certificate: 15
Running time: 80mins
UK Release Date: March 6, 2009

  1. great film. Glad it’s being appreciated at such a critical level

    sarah    Mar 5    #