90 Movies in 90 Days: Wendy and Lucy (2008)

I’m kicking off 2023 by trying to watch and review one movie every day for the first 90 days, all of which will be 90 minutes or less.

Title: Wendy and Lucy
Release Date: December 10, 2008
Director: Kelly Reichardt
Production Company:Field Guide Films | Film Science | Glass Eye Pix | Washington Square Films

Wendy (Michelle Williams) is young drifter traveling from Indiana to Alaska where she hopes to find work in a cannery. Her traveling companion is her dog Lucy (Lucy). When their car breaks down in Oregon it leads to a cascading series of events where Wendy ends up losing Lucy. Walter Dalton plays a kindly security guard who tries to help Wendy.

The movie is an incisive look at the high cost of poverty and the risks for a woman being on her own, from an extortionate car mechanic to a creepy man in the park.  Williams puts in an excellent performance lending a gravitas to Wendy’s loneliness and attempts to deal with many challenges.  Lucy does a great job to.

The most obvious movie to compare this to is Nomadland.  But I also found myself thinking of First Cow, perhaps because both movies start with a woman walking a dog in a wooded area in the Pacific Northwest.  Turns out that Kelly Reichardt directed both movies!

Rating: ***1/2

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