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Wendy and Lucy -- When Wendy Carroll's car breaks down, the thin fabric of her financial situation comes apart and she confronts a series of increasingly dire economic decisions for herself and her dog.
Wendy and Lucy -- Troubles besiege Wendy (Williams) during her trip from Indiana to Alaska, where she hopes to find gainful employment at a fish cannery.
Wendy and Lucy -- Clip: Wendy with Security Guard
Wendy and Lucy -- Clip: Work

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Release Date:
6 March 2009 (Ireland) See more »
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On the long road, friendship is everything.
Plot:
A woman's life is derailed en route to a potentially lucrative summer job. When her car breaks down... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
11 wins & 13 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Simple story, powerful message. See more (109 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Michelle Williams ... Wendy

Lucy ... Lucy the Dog
David Koppell ... Kid by Fire
Max Clement ... Kid by Fire
Sid Shanley ... Kid by Fire
Dave Hubner ... Kid by Fire
Michelle Worthey ... Sadie

Will Oldham ... Icky

Wally Dalton ... Security Guard (as Walter Dalton)
Roger D. Faires ... Recycler in Wheelchair (as Roger Faires)
Boggs Johnson ... Recycling Man
Tanya Smith ... Grocery Checker
Michael Brophy ... Grocery Store Stocker

John Robinson ... Andy

John Breen ... Mr. Hunt
Deneb Catalan ... Male Cop

Skeeter Greene ... Female Cop
Marilyn Faith Hickey ... Police Administrator (as Marilyn Hickey)

Jeanine Jackson ... Grocery Cashier
Brenna Beardsley ... Grocery Cashier
Winfield Jackson ... Teenager by Car
Gabe Nevins ... Teenager by Car
Connor O'Shea ... Teenager by Car
Josh Larson ... Teenager by Car (as Josh Larsen)

Ayanna Berkshire ... Pound Employee
Dan Wilson ... Man on Bus
Greg Schmitt ... Mechanic in Garage

Will Patton ... Mechanic
David Rives Curtright ... Man Reading Book

Larry Fessenden ... Man in Park
Holly Cundiff ... Security Guard's Woman
James Yu ... Cab Driver
George Haapala ... Home Owner

Deirdre O'Connell ... Deb (voice)

M. Blash ... Dan (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gwenne Hudson ... Townie (uncredited)
Alyssa Phelps ... Girl Walking dog (uncredited)
Barry Seltzer ... Market Shopper (uncredited)

Directed by
Kelly Reichardt 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jonathan Raymond  (as Jon Raymond)
Jonathan Raymond  story "Night Choir" (as Jon Raymond)
Kelly Reichardt  writer

Produced by
Joshua Blum .... executive producer
Larry Fessenden .... producer
Todd Haynes .... executive producer
Neil Kopp .... producer
Phil Morrison .... executive producer
Anish Savjani .... producer
Rajen Savjani .... executive producer
 
Cinematography by
Sam Levy (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Kelly Reichardt 
 
Casting by
Ali Farrell 
Laura Rosenthal 
 
Production Design by
Ryan Warren Smith  (as Ryan Smith)
 
Costume Design by
Amanda Needham 
 
Makeup Department
Amy Cole .... tattoo artist
David Kennedy .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Kyle Gilman .... post-production supervisor
Jeff Harding .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gabriel Fleming .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Blake Britton .... art department assistant
Jonny Fenix .... art department assistant
Stephen Poon .... art department assistant
Kate Smith .... art department assistant
Nate Smith .... leadman
 
Sound Department
Sasha Awn .... sound assistant
Javier Bennassar .... sound editor
Eli Cohn .... foley supervisor
Reuben Cox .... sound recordist: rain
Mark Garcia .... adr recordist
Eric Hill .... location sound recordist
Eric Offin .... co-sound re-recording mixer
Eric Offin .... sound designer
Gabriel J. Serrano .... mix recordist
Leslie Shatz .... sound designer
Leslie Shatz .... sound re-recording mixer
Tyler Stephens .... additional sound recordist
Brian Vancho .... foley artist
 
Visual Effects by
Jim L. Clark .... visual fx: Hive FX (as Jim Clark)
Carlos Cuellar .... scanning operator
Paul Amadeus Kim .... digital cleanup artist (as Paul Kim)
James Ledesma .... scanning operator
Arturo Lopez .... scanning manager
Chris Thomas .... scanning operator
Jesse Vanderpool .... scanning operator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ezra Cimino .... best boy grip
T.G. Firestone .... first assistant camera (as TG Firestone)
Simon Max Hill .... still photographer
Efrem Peter .... gaffer
Eliza Plumlee .... second assistant camera
Greg Schmitt .... additional cinematographer
Brian Shotzbarger .... key grip
Bryan 'fro' Waters .... best boy electric (as Bryan Waters)
Matt Barbee .... additional first assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
William Bailey .... additional casting
Simon Max Hill .... casting: Portland
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jamie Hanson .... wardrobe assistant
Claire Schoonover .... wardrobe production assistant
 
Editorial Department
Prince Bagdasarian .... digital intermediate assistant on-line editor: Hollywood Intermediate
Mike Burchett .... assistant editor
Jim Delany .... io producer: Hollywood Intermediate
Andreas Fehrle .... assistant editor
David Graubard .... senior systems engineer: Hollywood Intermediate
Will Harris .... digital intermediate colorist
Abbi Jutkowitz .... assistant editor
David Fred Masselink .... digital intermediate on-line editor: Hollywood Intermediate (as Fred Masselink)
Jon Pehlke .... on-line editor
Sarah Priestnall .... digital intermediate supervisor: Hollywood Intermediate
Chris Ward .... digital intermediate producer: Hollywood Intermediate
David Waters .... senior digital intermediate producer: Hollywood Intermediate
Kenny Becker .... color timer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Smokey Hormel .... composer: additional music (as Gregory 'Smokey' Hormel)
Will Oldham .... composer: theme music
 
Other crew
Michael Battaglia .... production assistant (as Mike Battaglia)
Joshua Berger .... title designer: Plazm
Nico Courtelis .... title designer: Plazm
Brett Cranford .... production accountant
Roger D. Faires .... location manager (as Roger Faires)
Sam Gaty .... production assistant
Sonya Gignac .... production assistant
Nicole Hawkins .... assistant accountant
Nicole Hawkins .... payroll
Katy Kolego .... production coordinator
Todd Korody .... systems engineer: Hollywood Intermediate
John Moody .... production assistant
David Parson .... production assistant
Tyler J. Peterson .... clearances (as Tyler Peterson)
Lance Rosen .... legal services: Rosen Lewis
Cat Tyc .... production assistant
Andie Webb .... production assistant
 
Thanks
Jessica Brunetto .... special thanks
David Rives Curtright .... special thanks
Ransom Hamersly .... special thanks
Brent Kunkle .... special thanks
Glenn McQuaid .... special thanks
Jay Rabinowitz .... special thanks
Josh Rappaport .... special thanks
Vincent Savino .... special thanks
Tanya Smith .... special thanks
 

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Rated R for language
Runtime:
80 min
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Trivia:
Michelle Williams did not shave her legs or clean her fingernails during filming. After filming completed, Williams' friend Busy Philipps treated her to a manicure and pedicure.See more »
Quotes:
Security Guard:You can't get a address without an address. You can't get a job without a job.See more »

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30 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
Simple story, powerful message., 1 January 2009
Author: commandercool88 from United States

Is there no more great frontier? Has time run out on those who look west to a better tomorrow? 'Wendy and Lucy' is a small movie with its scope set on a larger, subtle target. Soft-spoken but very admirable, Kelly Reichardt has crafted a touching story of one girl's endless search for her dog.

On the road to Alaska in search for better economic opportunity, Wendy finds herself in a small Oregon town where its citizens seem to live on the fringe of poverty long after job-providing factories have closed up shop. Keeping track of every penny she spends, Wendy's car suddenly won't start. And after an attempt to shoplift a bit of food sidelines her, she loses track of Lucy. A dog, a companion, and her best friend.

A determined Wendy searches for Lucy in every nook and cranny. Played by a quiet Michelle Williams, this is a subdued performance but a strong one. A portrait of loneliness, of heartbreak. She lives a life far from fortunate, but she holds her head high and looks to Alaska for hope. And in a small neighborhood where her situation seems to only go from bad to worse, Wendy has nobody to rely on but a friendly elderly security guard. Giving her a sense of moral support she probably is in desperate need for, we expect emotion. But staring panic in the face, Wendy remains strong. Her first moment of visible emotional anguish and vulnerability comes after a terrifying encounter in a forest in the middle of the night. A glimpse into her future as a vagabond? 'Wendy and Lucy' comes at a time when our own economy is in a state of perpetual free fall, which helps Reichardt drive her timely message home. It is these often seemingly mundane and unimportant everyday activities that may cause the film to drag, though it comes in at a slim 80 minutes. But it is these events that help the film and Williams find personality. 'Wendy and Lucy' asks us to be strong, to stick with our character. And it offers an ending that will pull at the heartstring of even the most hardened cynic. A tough, very challenging situation you and I would never want to find ourselves in. It speaks of conviction, of doing the right thing even when it's impossibly difficult.

Raw but surprisingly gripping, Reichardt does much with little. It's a touching picture, a bittersweet one. 'Wendy and Lucy' may feel minor, but it's a fine piece of beautifully told cinema. A snapshot that gains more appreciation upon reflection.

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