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Wendy and Lucy

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America without a social network is a place without hope. This is how Michelle Williams found it in Kelly Reichardt's oppressive, minimalist independent drama.

The homeless Wendy rides in an old Honda with her beloved dog Lucy to Alaska, where she is hoping for a job. A car breakdown forces her to make an involuntary stopover in the urban no man's land of Oregon, where she ends up penniless. Her attempt to steal dog food ends immediately in police custody, during which the unguarded Lucy disappears. Wendy searches desperately for her and only receives support from an old parking lot attendant.

The homeless Wendy rides in an old Honda with her beloved dog Lucy to Alaska, where she is hoping for a job. A car breakdown forces her to make an involuntary stopover in the urban no man's land of Oregon, where she ends up penniless. Her attempt to steal dog food ends immediately in police custody, during which the unguarded Lucy disappears. Wendy searches desperately for her and only receives support from an old parking lot attendant.

The homeless Wendy loses her beloved dog Lucy on her way to Alaska. Minimalist, highly acclaimed independent drama starring Michelle Williams ("Shutter Island"), which unmasked the freedom myth of the USA.

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    Ingenuity is required when preparing an independent production. Since director Kelly Reichardt cannot afford an expensive dog supervisor during filming, she quickly builds her stories around an animal story. For the second time after “Old Joy”, the minimalist study of a dying male friendship, she adapted a short story by Jon Raymond with little financial means in which her dog again plays a small role.

    For a long time after her debut "River of Grass" in 1993 the filmmaker, who lives in New York, was unable to get another project off the ground. Instead, she taught film at New York University and made short films on Super-8. In the meantime, however, Reichardt found numerous advocates such as the musician Will Oldham, who played the leading role in “Old Joy”, or her colleagues Todd Haynes (“I'm Not There”) and Larry Fessenden (“The Last Winter”), the “Wendy & Lucy ”produced. In addition, Oldham and Fessenden appear in supporting roles as two (sometimes unpleasant) contemporaries who cross the path of the unemployed Wendy.

    Reichardt may have found herself in the character of the homeless, who tries out of her own effort to escape her misery, which she hardly succeeds. Little is learned about the biography of the girl on the way to Alaska, who is hoping for a job in a fish factory there. Only a short telephone conversation with the sister shows that Wendy cannot expect any help from her relatives. The little money she has with her is not enough to repair the defective car or even to look for a safe place to stay. A shoplifting not only brings Wendy into conflict with the law, but also causes her to lose her only friend with the dog Lucy.

    Reichardt paints an uncompromising picture of America's north, an inhospitable area of ​​supermarkets, deserted industrial sites and extinct forests. Compassion and human warmth are hardly to be expected here. During an unavoidable overnight stay in the open, Wendy is attacked by a disturbed man (Larry Fessenden), which turns out to be relatively mild, but gives the young woman a shock. Even willingness to help can prove to be deceptive. In her demeanor, Wendy also appears to be very introverted. Certainly she is not one of those types of people who approach others immediately.

    Michelle Williams slips perfectly into the skin of the lonely girl in the checked shirt and all her belongings in a backpack. The star from the series "Dawsons Creek" managed to shed her teenage star image early on and succeed in art house cinema with Wim Wenders and Ang Lee, for example. Still, Kelly Reichardt initially believed Williams was too glamorous to embody Wendy, who had come down the social ladder. But with shaggy black hair and shorts, she looks like someone you wouldn't pay attention to on the street.

    Despite, or perhaps because of, the unaffected, naturalistic, direct style, Reichardt succeeded in an emotional character study. Not only because of the dog bonus does the character drama seem more haunting and gripping than the calm, quietly observed friendship portrait in "Old Joy". "Wendy and Lucy" shows the other side of the American dream, in which humanity is marginalized.

    Conclusion: A great little film about people on the roadside that was one of the favorites of US film reviews in 2008.
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  • Wendy and Lucy review

    Wendy and Lucy: America without a social network is a place without hope. This is how Michelle Williams found it in Kelly Reichardt's oppressive, minimalist independent drama.

    America without a social network is a place without hope. This is what Michelle Williams found in Kelly Reichardt's oppressive, minimalist independent drama.

    After many examples in which US indie cinema has shown itself to be very Hollywood-loving and pleasing, films have recently appeared again that refer to old strengths and amount to a small counter-movement. These include “Shotgun Stories” and the third film by Kelly Reichhardt (“Old Joy”) produced by independent icon Todd Haynes (“I'm Not There”), which starred with Michelle Williams (“Bokeback Mountain”) found a fabulous face that defies poverty and hopelessness in today's authentic America.

    As Wendy, Williams, who was previously engaged to the late Heath Ledger, is on the fringes of society. All doors remain closed to her, she lives almost penniless in an old Honda. Only her dog Lucy is close to her. On her drive to Alaska, where she is hoping for a job, she ends up stranded after a car breaks down in the unpleasant urban no man's land somewhere in Oregon. The beginning of a streak of bad luck: When she steals dog food for Lucy, she is caught. While in custody, Lucy disappears. Apart from an old parking lot attendant, no one later helps her in the desperate search for the only living being that gives her emotional support in a humanly frighteningly cold city in which she finds no support. The costs of repairing your car are far beyond your financial means and so in the end you have to say goodbye.

    Kelly Reichardt remains true to her ascetic style and tells her story in a distinctly reduced way. It describes more of a state - and it is not a comfortable one. Inspired by Hurricane Katrina, she asks depressing questions: How one can survive without social security in the USA, but also whether society still sticks together or whether everyone is on their own. The great Michelle Williams, as Wendy, faces these conditions with combative dignity, but finds no way out of the downward spiral in a hostile world that is more reminiscent of wilderness than civilization. tk.
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