Wendy and Lucy

I hate movie soundtracks. So I love Wendy and Lucy, because the film’s only music is Michelle Williams humming a Will Oldham composition as she wanders around a small town looking for her lost dog. For 80 minutes, people act like people; the camera carefully frames each shot; the dialogue is simultaneously poetic and natural; and then everything ends in a satisfyingly unsatisfying manner. It’s definitely one of the best films of 2008 (which is not saying much). Wendy and Lucy is a good example of how a tightly restricted budget can enhance creativity.

Credits

Director:

  • Kelly Reichardt

Cast:

  • Michelle Williams
  • Will Patton
  • Will Oldham
  • John Robinson
  • Wally Dalton
  • Larry Fessenden
  • Brenna Beardsley
  • Ayanna Berkshire

Writers:

  • Jonathan Raymond
  • Kelly Reichardt

Producers:

  • Joshua Blum
  • Todd Haynes
  • Phil Morrison
  • Rajen Savjani

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