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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Michelle Williams
Will Patton
Will Oldham
John Robinson
Wally Dalton
Larry Fessenden.
Directors
Kelly Reichardt.
Screenwriters
Jonathan Raymond
Kelly Reichardt.
Running Time
80 minutes

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Wendy and Lucy
Michelle Williams wants to know who will let her dog out...


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Plot
Young Wendy is driving to up North to a Summer job, when her dog goes missing in a town en route, meaning an increasingly costly diversion.


Review
Wendy and Lucy
Kelly Reichardt’s sublime, miniature character study sees Wendy (a superb Michelle Williams) and her dog Lucy head out for Alaska for a new start. The car breaks down, the dog buggers off and Wendy is left stranded in a small Oregon town. Not afraid of long silences or zero degree filmmaking, Reichardt paints an affecting portrait of a dropout at the end of her tether, beautifully assisted by Williams.


Verdict
Slow, ponderous, meticulously rendered realism that will appeal to specific audiences of slow, ponderous, meticulously rendered realism, with a heart.


Reviewed by Will Thomas

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Memorable movie experience

The above comments cheer me up. There are people who truly enjoy what the Empire reviewer calls slow, ponderous meticulously rendered realism. I can't figure out if the reviewer genuinely liked the experience or wanted to criticize it. Wendy & Lucy is an absolutely beautiful experience. People looking for a movie to rent should definitely check it out! ... More

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Posted by neilthemessenger at 04:12, 20 January 2013 | Report This Post


Come on now Empire...

Three stars is too low for this film. Just an absolutely true, heart breaking story. Michelle is a massive talent that should have gotten heaps more recognition. ... More

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Posted by BBrandon at 03:30, 05 January 2013 | Report This Post


BRILLIANT

I honestly would give this film 4stars but I'm giving it 5 cos I believe it deserves more recognition and I'm astonished by how little money its made 800,000 us low even by indie standards its such a well made film proving that you don't need a whole bunch of characters and a wordy script to create an emotional and moving film. ... More

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Posted by Bi120 at 01:10, 08 April 2011 | Report This Post


A Deeply Compelling Masterpiece

One Girl, One Dog. She loses it and spends the film trying to find it. These are the kind of films that there should be more of a fine antidote to loud noisy in your face bullshit Michelle Williams once again proves she's one of the best of her generation. Yet she and this film aren't getting the attention that is deserved The film just shows how lucky we are and don't have to cling to tiny bits of money the way Wendy does. Oh and the end is just gut-punching, absolutely gut-punching ... More

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