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
Production
companies
  • 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
LanguageEnglish
Budget$300,000[2]
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 vagrant who searches for her lost dog, Lucy. 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.

Plot[edit]

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 immediately hurries back to the grocery store, only to realize Lucy is gone. After many failed efforts to track Lucy down and from the help of a local security guard, she eventually discovers that Lucy was taken to a dog pound, but has already found a new home.

When Wendy visits the mechanic to pick up her car, she learns her engine needs to be rebuilt, which would exceed the cars worth. Abandoning her car and nearly penniless, Wendy goes to the home where Lucy now lives and visits with her one final time before departing on a Northbound train, tearfully promising Lucy that she will come back for her.

Cast[edit]

Release[edit]

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.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

The film has received generally positive reviews from critics. Film review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes classified the film as "fresh" with a 85% approval rating among 178 critics, with a rating average of 7.4 out of 10.[5] The film won both Best Picture and Best Actress at the 12th Toronto Film Critics Association Awards.[6]

References[edit]

  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. ^ "Wendy and Lucy (2008)". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. December 10, 2008. Retrieved February 4, 2015.
  5. ^ "Wendy and Lucy (2008)". Rotten Tomatoes (Flixster). Retrieved December 19, 2015.
  6. ^ 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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