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Wendy and Lucy (2008)

R | | Drama | 6 March 2009 (UK)
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Over the summer, a series of unfortunate happening triggers a financial crisis for a young woman and she soon finds her life falling apart.

Director:

Kelly Reichardt

Writers:

Jonathan Raymond (screenplay by) (as Jon Raymond), Kelly Reichardt (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michelle Williams ... Wendy
Lucy ... Lucy the Dog
David Koppell David Koppell ... Kid by Fire
Max Clement Max Clement ... Kid by Fire
Sid Shanley Sid Shanley ... Kid by Fire
Dave Hubner Dave Hubner ... Kid by Fire
Michelle Worthey Michelle Worthey ... Sadie
Will Oldham ... Icky
Wally Dalton ... Security Guard (as Walter Dalton)
Roger D. Faires Roger D. Faires ... Recycler in Wheelchair (as Roger Faires)
Boggs Johnson Boggs Johnson ... Recycling Man
Tanya Smith Tanya Smith ... Grocery Checker
Michael Brophy Michael Brophy ... Grocery Store Stocker
John Robinson ... Andy
John Breen John Breen ... Mr. Hunt
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Storyline

A woman's life is derailed en route to a potentially lucrative summer job. When her car breaks down, and her dog is taken to the pound, the thin fabric of her financial situation comes apart, and she is led through a series of increasingly dire economic decisions. Written by Anonymous

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On the long road, friendship is everything.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 March 2009 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Train Choir See more »

Filming Locations:

Oregon, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,218, 14 December 2008

Gross USA:

$865,695

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,192,995
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Andy: [after catching her for shoplifting] The food is not the issue. It's about setting an example, right?
Wendy: Sir, I'm not from around here. I can't be an example.
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A Sleeper Worth Waking Up For by Andrew Malekoff
11 January 2009 | by anjruSee all my reviews

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.


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