Wendy and Lucy

Wendy and Lucy ★★★★½

Society on a margin. A drifter in peril. A story on empathy - portrayed in such a human way. The everyday kindness and the callousness of the stranger. The need for companionship and the desperation of the homeless. Rural America - where the stories aren't often the recipients of attention. No jobs, no money - just love and just a little inkling of hope. Reichardt's minimalist filmmaking works like a charm here and the acting on display by Michelle Williams is simply marvellous. A lonely struggle - of which the woes of the tale belong to many and a poignant reminder that our actions or even our extended empathy (or the lack of) can be the cause that pulls someone out the abyss of despair - or the cause that pushes someone deep inside of it.

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