Wendy and Lucy

2008

Action  Drama  

61
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - certified fresh 85%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - upright 67%
IMDb Rating 7.1

Synopsis


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Cast

Will Patton as Mechanic
Larry Fessenden as Man in Park
720p 1080p
692.54 MB
1280*720
English
R
23.976 fps
1hr 20 min
P/S 1 / 21
1.23 GB
1920*1080
English
R
23.976 fps
1hr 20 min
P/S 2 / 8

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by n/a 9 / 10

Very powerful and moving for those who've experienced life the same way.

This review is coming from the perspective of a viewer in the exact same situation as Michelle Williams' character. This review will not summarize any key plot points nor try to pretentiously deconstruct the film in the air of a film school thesis, this review will put it to you as truthfully as the film has.I honestly feel that Wendy and Lucy shines a light on a part of America that is widely ignored; a part of America that's left behind by the faults and actions of The Bush Administration and those who feed off of greed and capitalism. For those who fit within these margins will go see this movie and fail to grasp the understanding of how it is to be desperately broke and have nothing else to hold on to but a few scraps of memories, soiled clothes and your trusted dog to help prevail what's left of you dignity, happiness and sanity. This is not an escapist film, for escapism is for people who can't cope with their own realities. That's why there is so much success in drugs and the media. Wendy should be praised for holding onto her convictions and not falling deeper through escapism. But when your reality is so harsh and greater problems seem to arise everyday, she can't even afford the luxury of escapism as others do, so why should the audience have any exception? Life is very complicated and it can't be wrapped up in a limited amount of time. The open ending reveals to us that nothing is certain, but it certainly must be better than right now. There should be no ending, no "to be continued", only "What now?" "Where to go next?" "What am I gonna do" "Where will I sleep tonight and will it be a safe spot?" If those aren't the questions going through your head as you watch Wendy in the end then you have lived a privileged life and will never have to worry about being thrust into such a situation where you have to give up everything you have left in hopes of things getting better soon.In a recession, this film should be seen as a lesson of how to live and what to do when comes the moment where you lose everything that's ever meant anything and how to live and restart from there. Of course every decision you make isn't the smartest one, but when you're desperate and have no other choice then you have to do whatever it takes to survive, even if that risks you a day in jail.We observe Wendy and Lucy from a voyeuristic standpoint. We meet up with them in the park, observe their actions, then watch them leave. For those with a sympathy toward the downtrodden we tend to feel a little sadness, maybe even a little guilt for not being able to help that person out more than we could. But there are also some who have been raised with everything handed to them and with easy opportunities. They look at people like Wendy and Lucy as a stupid bum who can't get it together, without ever realizing that not everyone has it as easy as they did.I have no idea how to end this review, but I just thought I'd write it as a bit of a rebuttal to all those who have completely missed the point of the main character and her actions which have led the movie to it's conclusion. If you've never truly suffered like the way Michelle Williams' character has then this movie will be lost on you. You may relate more with the clerk in the supermarket. But for those of you who've ever had to live in their car for a stretch clawing onto every dollar for dear life hoping to one day catch a break, then I must warn you that this movie will make you cry. And there's is absolutely no problem with that. I know how it feels, and sometime you just have to let it out in order to go on. Sometime you even have to let go of the things you love the most if you even want things to get better. For some it's impossible to do, but it's just as hard to watch.

Reviewed by n/a 9 / 10

A Sleeper Worth Waking Up For by Andrew Malekoff

To say that this film is spare is to be generous; and, to whatever extent actors become their characters, Michelle Williams becomes Wendy, a young woman that is hanging by a thread. Wendy is doing her best, with little support and money, to survive day to day and to maintain her dignity. Along the way she loses her dog Lucy, the only stable and loving relationship in her life. Ultimately, she is faced with making a heartbreaking decision that their mutual welfare will depend upon. As her car (and bed) breaks down and resources dwindle, she collects cans and bottles and shoplifts dog food. She encounters a group of homeless people making a fire, a self-righteous store clerk, a smug auto mechanic, a sympathetic security guard, and a psychotic drifter, among others. We see each of them from the perspective of a young woman on the verge of economic collapse and who is gradually being transformed into someone facing the possibility of homeless destitution. Wendy offers a lens through which we can see such a transformation evolve. All homeless people, unless born into this condition, were something and somewhere else first. Wendy is such a person. As the economy declines and more and more people retreat into survival mode, it will be harder for them, for us, to empathize with the Wendys of the world, young people with once bright futures now facing desperate and maybe devastating times. I have heard it said that empathy is the first hostage of survival. Wendy and Lucy is an important little film, a slice of life, that not enough people will see and that offers us a window on what more and more young people will be facing for some time to come. This film pleads with us not to close our eyes or turn our backs on them.

Reviewed by n/a 9 / 10

Simple and quiet, W&L says more with less.

The true triumph of this film is its ability to say so much about the cold, cruel reality of just how close some people are to breaking their banks and their hearts. What fascinates me is: there are a few big budget films out there right now - all scrambling desperately to capture the same themes as W&L - that have no concept of how real people really act and survive. Those filmmakers must be pulling their hair out screaming "how can she say it all with one woman and a dog, and I can't say a damned thing with all these great special effects???"That is the joy in this film. The simple, honest, brutal truth of now. Enjoy.

Reviewed by n/a 9 / 10

At last, a new voice in the American cinematic experience

Hoping to find a job in a fishing cannery in Alaska, Wendy (Michelle Williams), a drifter in her twenties, travels to the Pacific Northwest from her home in Muncie, Indiana with her most endearing companion, a golden Labrador Retriever named Lucy, whom she calls Loo. Looking masculine with a short haircut, a flannel shirt and a sweatshirt with a hood, Wendy seems aimless yet she is believable when expressing a desire for stability to a group of itinerant drifters at a campsite. Co-written by Jonathan Raymond, Kelly Reichardt's deeply affecting Wendy and Lucy, like her 2006 film Old Joy, combines an intimate personal story with a reflection of the malaise felt in the country today, her economic hardship typical of people adrift in a society in which they no longer feel a part.The film is set near the Oregon/Washington border in a small town that, with its roadside strip malls, gas stations, car repair garages, and convenience stores, is reflective of rural American cities and towns that have lost the character that once made them unique. As the film opens, Wendy plays with Lucy in the Oregon woods - the only sounds heard are Wendy humming a melancholy song. While sleeping in her 1988 Honda on Walgreen's property, she is awakened by a security guard (Wally Dalton) who tells her to move on but discovers that her car will not start. On a limited budget, she is shaken when the repair amount confirmed by the town mechanic (Will Patton) is greater than expectations. Trying to save some money, Wendy makes a serious mistake by stealing dog food at a grocery store.Unable to convince a smug teenage clerk to give her a break, Wendy leaves Lucy tied to a post outside the market while she is taken to jail on a shoplifting charge. When released after paying a fine that costs considerably more than the dog food, she discovers that Lucy has disappeared and the film's focus turns to Wendy's frantic and lonely search for her beloved dog. As she pays a visit to the local pound and looks for Loo around the town, a mood of profound emptiness pervades the deserted streets revealing the number of young people that have moved away.Assisted by the Walgreens security guard who lets her use his cell phone to call the pound and leave his number as a call back, Wendy is hopeful after posting signs all over town but the waiting drains her energy and her run-in with a deranged homeless man while sleeping in the woods frightens her to the core. Seeking some solace, she calls her brother in Indiana but meets only indifference, his girlfriend in the background asking what it is that she wants now. Not deterred, Wendy's spirit and determination allows us to recognize that the fight for self worth is not limited by material possessions or the opinion of others. Reminiscent of the Dardenne Brothers' ability to capture the emotional anguish of young people, Wendy and Lucy establishes Reichardt as one of the premier indie filmmakers in the U.S. today.

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