“[Wendy and Lucy] shows what it means to live in a society that’s not big on safety nets and second chances, even as it asserts our common humanity… offering a dose of grim reality tempered with hope.” —Der Standard (Austria)
Wendy (Michelle Williams) is en route to Alaska, hoping to land a job at a fish cannery. But when her car breaks down in a small Oregon town, her financial situation—and tenuous existence—begin to unravel. Williams’ performance is a revelation; her stillness speaks volumes about loneliness, vulnerability, and loss. Evoking The Bicycle Thief and Umberto D., while also drawing parallels to the Great Depression, Wendy and Lucy reveals the depths and limits of care available to people in the world’s richest country. Film Comment’s pick of the year. 2008, 35mm, 80 minutes.