Wendy and Lucy (2008)
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 and Will Patton. 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. In 2017, the film was named the twentieth-first “Best Film of the 21st Century So Far” by The New York Times
A young woman, Wendy Carroll, is travelling 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. She is apprehended and Lucy disappears. After she is released from police custody, she discovers Lucy is missing and searches for her in vain. She eventually discovers that Lucy was taken to a dog pound and rehomed. Wendy goes to the home where Lucy now lives and decides she is happier there. She gets on a train bound north.
Kelly Reichhardt creates films that start with a very simple premise, like this one. Over the summer, a series of unfortunate happening triggers financial crisis for a young woman and she soon finds her life falling apart. It takes you deep into the human experience. The film is a low budget one and is a must watch among Hollywood movies.