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Wendy and Lucy2008

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Named to over sixty "Best of 2008" lists (and even many "Best of the Decade" lists), WENDY AND LUCY solidified filmmaker Kelly Reichardt's reputation for films that are (according to the New York Times) "a touchstone of the new realism in American cinema." Drifting upwards to Alaska like a 21st century Depression heroine ("I hear they need people up there"), Wendy (Michelle Williams) has only her dog Lucy and her car as company. But soon she loses the car after it breaks down in Oregon. And then she loses her dog. Unable to afford to fix the car, with no family or friends to help, Wendy is, for Reichardt, emblematic of so many Americans, especially in the film's post-Katrina era: barely holding on and ready to slip through the cracks of a society with little safety net. Shot through with an unerring feel for the desperation, unease and un-rootedness of so many individuals (and also for the overlooked, flattened-out landscapes of small-town America), WENDY AND LUCY is Italian neorealism filtered through the best of American 1970s cinema and yet it is of (and for) today. - Jason Sanders

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"...given the woeful lack of inner life for young women in American movies, Williams's single gesture of fatigue and partial defeat in WENDY AND LUCY is momentous." - Wesley Morris, Boston Globe


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As a single lady dog owner, and as someone who has been down on her luck and felt responsible for her familiar creature, this film made me cry. Not like dab at my eyes, like ugly, full-body sobbing. Brilliant, brutal, and featuring a tour-de-force performance by Ms. Williams.

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As a single lady dog owner, and as someone who has been down on her luck and felt responsible for her familiar creature, this film made me cry. Not like dab at my eyes, like ugly, full-body sobbing. Brilliant, brutal, and featuring a tour-de-force performance by Ms. Williams.

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Good movie. There are too many people like Wendy, just a few dollars away from homelessness, and not enough support and compassion for them.

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A first class independent movie.

If only they were all this good.

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Put simply, this film is an absolutely beautiful heart wrenching story of the love and friendship between a young woman and her dog. What makes this story a gem is that it is about so much more: about loneliness, injustice, social conditions ... Michelle Williams completely embodies this role.

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Well done but bleak.

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Fantastic film. So believable and true to life. Unsung classic. Touching and poignant.

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Subtle, yet moving. Simple, yet engaging. Few details of Wendy's background are given, but her desire for a new life is clear. Her quest is somewhat Quixotic and her preparations poor, but she's 'rolling the dice' and hoping that her luck will hold. Unfortunately, it doesn't.

Michelle Williams' performance is perfect. The scenes I liked best were among the most subtle, - Spoiler - such as when the security guard gives her a few bills and she later sees they add up to six dollars in total.

However, there were a few scenes I thought less convincing than the rest. Were it not for them, and one or two actors I thought poor, I would have given it five stars, Still, this is a film well-worth watching.

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Despite the stark and minimalist style, this is a devastating commentary on the challenges and alienation created by a society that has seemingly ceased to care. Michelle Williams is almost too real. The movie often has the feel of a documentary. Powerful, but oppressively disturbing.

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Superb, nuanced, gentle performance.

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A superb minimalist drama. I was moved to tears.

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I enjoyed this movie. I didint want it to end. The subtle believable reality of life makes for a better story then hollywoods' over glamoured movies.

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I loved this movie

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I saw this years ago and it has never left me.

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I love Michelle Williams and I wanted to watch this, but it got so upsetting that I just couldn't Some films are dark or bleak and I can watch them because the setting seems so remote. This was just too much like my own life in my 20's and I most definitely do not want to revisit that. It may be one of the best movies of 2009, but I think it must be for people who have been far more fortunate than Wendy and I.

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i saw this awhile ag0_Michelle Williams is wonderful through out

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I love Michelle Williams no matter what she does. She always seems to pick really good films

Honest.

This is a very well directed and acted film. The film is a realistic depiction of life, but is a difficult film to watch because there is little to suggest that Wendy will be able to turn her life around.

This is my 2nd time watching this movie. The first time I remember really loving it for its minimalism and honesty. I also felt a degree of empathy with Wendy's character. A few years later - now - my response to Wendy's character is more along the lines of maternal protectiveness. It's an interesting portrayal, "understated", and ultimately sad.

Reichardt/Williams: a partnership made in heaven. Original and intriguing film.

The American Nightmare in devastating form

Thrilling and powerful realism, radical honesty, a cold, familiar chill in the heart.

Outstanding! Wonderful actor, great independent film. This is what movie-making should be all about!

Really beautiful. Her films stay with you.

Loved it! Powerful . Five stars fully deserved.