Ese 👉 Víctor’s review published on Letterboxd:
A film about the sacrifices we make in order to live a principled life with underlying themes of judgement, community and agency.
A tall white handsome teenage boy (John Robinson from Elephant) assistant manager of a grocery store wearing a prominent crucifix and driven to work by his mother preaches a strict moral code (“The rules apply to everybody equally”) that neatly sidesteps justice (and irony.) With swift, stern judgment and harsh punishment (“If a person can’t afford dog food, they shouldn’t have a dog”) he entangles Wendy midway through her MacGuffin journey to Alaska.
But Wendy was already waylaid by her own triage decisions she made about her car a few towns ago. In fact, we see early in the film Wendy has plenty of cash on hand for a plane or train to get her to her destination plus a taxi from airport.
This film forces you to recontextualize society’s ideas of what is logical, right and legal into Wendy’s world view.
In this world…
It’s more important to give a person a hand than a lecture.
It’s more important to accept than to judge.
It’s more important give love than to take it.
#52 Films by Women 2020 22/52#