Directed by Kelly Reichardt • 2008 • United States
Starring Michelle Williams
This emotionally wrenching and politically trenchant road film cemented Kelly Reichardt’s status as one of the most highly-regarded auteurs of contemporary cinema. Wendy Carroll (Michelle Williams) is driving to Ketchikan, Alaska, in hopes of a summer of lucrative work at a 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.