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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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6 March 2009 (Ireland) See more »
On the long road, friendship is everything.
Over the summer, a series of unfortunate happening triggers a financial crisis for a young woman and she soon finds her life falling apart. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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11 wins & 13 nominations See more »
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Very powerful and moving for those who've experienced life the same way. See more (112 total) »


  (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
Carlos Cuellar .... scanning operator
Clark James .... visual fx: Hive FX (as Jim Clark)
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
Jessica Brunetto .... special thanks
David Rives Curtright .... special thanks
Richard Glatzer .... special thanks
Ransom Hamersly .... special thanks
Brent Kunkle .... special thanks
Glenn McQuaid .... special thanks
Jay Rabinowitz .... special thanks
Josh Rappaport .... special thanks
Ira Sachs .... special thanks
Vincent Savino .... special thanks
Tanya Smith .... special thanks
Wash Westmoreland .... special thanks

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Rated R for language
80 min
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Director Kelly Reichardt was worried that Michelle Williams was "too pretty" to play the role. She asked Williams to go without makeup and not wash her hair for two weeks during filming.See more »
Security Guard:You can't get a address without an address. You can't get a job without a job.See more »

119 out of 159 people found the following review useful.
Very powerful and moving for those who've experienced life the same way., 15 December 2008
Author: arthurallblack from United States

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.

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