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Wendy and Lucy (2008)

R | | Drama | 6 March 2009 (UK)
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Over the summer, a series of unfortunate happening triggers a financial crisis for a young woman and she soon finds her life falling apart.


Kelly Reichardt


Jonathan Raymond (screenplay by) (as Jon Raymond), Kelly Reichardt (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
9 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Michelle Williams ... Wendy
Lucy ... Lucy the Dog
David Koppell David Koppell ... Kid by Fire
Max Clement Max Clement ... Kid by Fire
Sid Shanley Sid Shanley ... Kid by Fire
Dave Hubner Dave Hubner ... Kid by Fire
Michelle Worthey Michelle Worthey ... Sadie
Will Oldham ... Icky
Wally Dalton ... Security Guard (as Walter Dalton)
Roger D. Faires Roger D. Faires ... Recycler in Wheelchair (as Roger Faires)
Boggs Johnson Boggs Johnson ... Recycling Man
Tanya Smith Tanya Smith ... Grocery Checker
Michael Brophy Michael Brophy ... Grocery Store Stocker
John Robinson ... Andy
John Breen John Breen ... Mr. Hunt


A woman's life is derailed en route to a potentially lucrative summer job. When her car breaks down, and her dog is taken to the pound, the thin fabric of her financial situation comes apart, and she is led through a series of increasingly dire economic decisions. Written by Anonymous

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On the long road, friendship is everything.



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Did You Know?


Kelly Reichardt's 2016 film Certain Women (2016) is dedicated to her dog, canine-star of this film, Lucy. See more »


Security Guard: You can't get a address without an address. You can't get a job without a job.
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Referenced in At the Movies: Venice Film Festival 2010 (2010) See more »

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Wendy and Lucy (2008)
23 January 2009 | by bkimbrell0See all my reviews

WOW, that is easily the most depressing film I saw this year, hands down. Michelle Williams and Lucy the Dog star as Wendy and Lucy, respectively, in this remarkably affecting drama about a poor, independent woman escaping from her undisclosed troubles and making her way to Alaska with her dog. All the two have in life is each other, money is tight, food is hard to come by, and sleeping in the car is the only option for Wendy. A devastating turn of events happens to Wendy, and Lucy subsequently goes missing, leading Wendy on a mission to recover the only companion she has in her life. Along the way, Wendy encounters indifferent individuals whose actions are driven by self-righteous attitudes, but Wendy also finds help in an unlikely place, a compassionate security guard. In many ways, Wendy and Lucy succeeds in areas where Bolt (2008) came up short, but they both approach their themes in very different ways. Wendy and Lucy is absolutely heartbreaking, forcing me to cry out "NO!" twice in its duration. The ending was an absolute shocker to me, and actually squeezed a few tears out of my eyes.

In this film, Lucy becomes a character in her own right, a brilliantly effective choice. Lucy becomes not just a symbol of everything Wendy loves in this world, but her only hope for survival. It is never specified, but the audience member is allowed to create an entire backstory behind these main characters. I like to believe that Lucy is a childhood pet of Wendy's, who helped Wendy through a difficult childhood, perhaps with abusive parents, in a foster home, whatever you would like to believe. It makes Wendy's situation that much more affecting. If you've ever felt like you have but one object in this world to turn to in times of trouble, and you've felt like escaping from chains that are holding you down, and beginning a new life for yourself someplace new. If you've ever felt so cut off from other individuals in this world, like screaming at the top of your lungs. If you've ever been placed in such a desperate situation, where your livelihood is threatened, and all that you love seems as though it is vanishing before you, you will undoubtedly shed a tear at this incredibly powerful drama about the connections humans make, the friendships we forge, and the sacrifices we must sometimes make.


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Release Date:

6 March 2009 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Train Choir See more »

Filming Locations:

Oregon, USA See more »


Box Office


$200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,218, 14 December 2008

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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