Wendy and Lucy. 2008. USA. Directed by Kelly Reichardt. Screenplay by Reichardt, Jonathan Raymond. With Michelle Williams, Will Oldham
35mm. 80 min.
Film critic Roger Ebert’s 2009 review of Wendy and Lucy begins with a prescient comment: “I know so much about Wendy, although this movie tells me so little.” Perhaps Wendy’s story is all too familiar? She’s out of work, has a cool relationship with her family, thinks moving to Alaska will be a panacea, and loves no one but her dog Lucy. Wendy keeps every disappointment, slight, and anxieties bottled up inside, only reacting when Lucy goes missing. Michelle Williams was nominated for several industry awards for her role as Wendy, winning the Toronto Film Critics Association prize.