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Chicago Encore Presentation
WENDY AND LUCY
"Ms. Reichardt makes palpably, tragically real what it means to be struggling at the very edge of the economic abyss. Wendy and Lucy is political to the bone but without any of the usual grandstanding" -New York Times (Dargis)
Critics' Pick! "Does not contain a superfluous word or shot" -New York Times (Scott)
"Williams delivers a sensationally nuanced performance that, were it not so resolutely undramatic, would constitute an aria of stoical misery" -Village Voice
"A keenly observational look at the increasing struggle to just get through the day. With a riveting, delicate performance by Michelle Williams, the film builds to something enigmatic and moving" -Los Angeles Times (Olson)
"While Wendy and Lucy is as damning as any Ken Loach film, it preaches in a whisper, not a shout -- a whisper or, rather, a song, like the wordless, undulating hum that takes the place of a musical score" -Los Angeles Times (Adams)
"An unqualified triumph. Williams gives a prodigiously focused and resourceful performance" -Cinemascope
"Stylistically uncomplicated and admirable in both its honesty and the terseness of its storytelling, the film manages that rare feat of being both remarkably prescient and modest at the same time" -TimeOut London
"Wendy and Lucy establishes Reichardt, beyond question, as one of the few masters now working in American independent film" -Film Comment
"Gorgeous and Heartbreaking" -New York Magazine
"Beautiful and haunting" -New Yorker
½ "Kelly Reichardt (Old Joy) is a true cinema poet who works miracles in miniature. And she finds the perfect collaborator in Williams, an actress of grit and amazing grace" -Rolling Stone
"Reichardt's Wendy and Lucy is another illustration of how absorbing a film can be when the plot doesn't stand between us and a character" -Roger Ebert
Recommended! "So much better than her fine Old Joy, Wendy and Lucy defines Reichardt as a poet of the overlooked American working class" -NewCity Chicago
-Onion A.V. Club
Wendy Carroll (Michelle Williams) is driving to Ketchikan, Alaska, in hopes of a summer of lucrative work at the Northwestern Fish cannery, and the start of a new life with her dog, Lucy. When her car breaks down in Oregon, however, the thin fabric of her financial situation comes apart, and she confronts a series of increasingly dire economic decisions, with far-ranging repercussions for herself and Lucy. Wendy and Lucy addresses issues of sympathy and generosity at the edges of American life, revealing the limits and depths of people's duty to each other in tough times.
Directed by Kelly Reichardt, 2008, U.S.A., 35mm, 80 mins.