Wendy and Lucy

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Wendy and Lucy
Wendy and lucy.jpg
Promotional poster
Directed byKelly Reichardt
Produced by
Screenplay by
Based onTrain Choir
by Jon Raymond
StarringMichelle Williams
CinematographySam Levy
Edited byKelly Reichardt
  • Field Guide Films
  • Film Science
  • Glass Eye Pix
  • Washington Square Films
Distributed byOscilloscope Pictures
Release date
  • May 22, 2008 (2008-05-22) (Cannes Film Festival)
  • December 10, 2008 (2008-12-10) (United States)
Running time
80 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Box office$1.4 million[3]

Wendy and Lucy is a 2008 American drama film directed by Kelly Reichardt. Reichardt and Jon Raymond adapted the screenplay from his short story Train Choir. The film stars Michelle Williams as Wendy, a homeless woman who searches for her lost dog, Lucy (played by Reichardt's own dog of that name, who had previously appeared in Old Joy.)[4] It had its world premiere at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival and was screened at several additional film festivals before receiving a limited theatrical release in the United States on December 10, 2008.


A young woman, Wendy Carroll, is traveling to Alaska with her dog Lucy, where she hopes to find work at a cannery. They become stranded in Oregon when their car breaks down, and she lacks the funds to repair it. At a supermarket, she leaves Lucy outside while she attempts to shoplift dog food. After a meeting with the store clerk and the manager, Wendy is apprehended and taken to the police station.

After paying a fine, Wendy is released from police custody. She hurries to the grocery store, but Lucy is gone. After many failed efforts to track Lucy down, with the help of a security guard, she discovers that Lucy has been taken to a dog pound and rehomed.

When Wendy visits the mechanic to pick up her car, she learns her engine needs to be rebuilt, which would exceed the car's worth. Abandoning her car and nearly penniless, Wendy goes to the home where Lucy lives. She tearfully promises to return and departs on a Northbound train.



Box office[edit]

In its opening weekend, Wendy and Lucy grossed $18,218 in 2 theaters in the United States, ranking #54 at the box office. By the end of its run, Wendy and Lucy grossed $865,695 domestically and $326,960 internationally for a worldwide total of $1,192,655.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

The film has received generally positive reviews from critics. On the review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an 85% approval rating among 183 critics, with a rating average of 7.4/10. The site's consensus reads "Michelle Williams gives a heartbreaking performance in Wendy and Lucy, a timely portrait of loneliness and struggle".[6] The film won both Best Picture and Best Actress at the 12th Toronto Film Critics Association Awards.[7]


  1. ^ "Wendy and Lucy (15)". British Board of Film Classification. January 27, 2009. Retrieved July 25, 2015.
  2. ^ Solomon, Deborah (November 28, 2008), "Questions for Kelly Reichardt: Social Realist", The New York Times, New York, New York
  3. ^ "Wendy and Lucy (2008)". The-Numbers.com. December 10, 2008. Retrieved February 4, 2015.
  4. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iabbvybeb_k
  5. ^ "Wendy and Lucy (2008)". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. December 10, 2008. Retrieved February 4, 2015.
  6. ^ "Wendy and Lucy (2008)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved September 27, 2020.
  7. ^ Lacey, Liam; Dixon, Guy (December 17, 2008). "Toronto Film Critics choose indie over Hollywood". Toronto. Archived from the original on December 17, 2008.

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