Kelly Reichardt, Wendy and Lucy, 2008 (still); image: courtesy Photofest
Film

Wendy and Lucy

Part of Modern Cinema: Jia Zhangke

Thursday, February 21, 2019

6 p.m.

Phyllis Wattis Theater

$10 Members

$12 General

“Kelly Reichardt’s humble, heartrending third feature, the talk of Cannes when it debuted in Un Certain Regard, was the writer-director-editor’s breakthrough film, an unassuming tour de force that New York Times critic A. O. Scott placed at the epicenter of a burgeoning (albeit short-lived) ‘Neo-Neo Realist’ movement in American independent cinema. Michelle Williams, in what remains her finest performance to date, is Wendy, a young, broke vagabond stranded in a small Oregon town after her battered car breaks down and her beloved dog Lucy goes missing. The plot of this unadorned, unsentimental, unhurried drama — adapted from co-writer Jon Raymond’s short story ‘Train Choir’ — is deceptively slight; in its understated way, it speaks volumes about loneliness, economic hardship, and compassion in a culture of individualism and inopportunity, the modern American zeitgeist.” (The Cinematheque)

Print Source: Oscilloscope


Film Details

Year: 2008

Running time: 80min

Format: 35mm

Director: Kelly Reichardt


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