Wendy and Lucy

Wendy and Lucy

"You can't get a address without an address. You can't get a job without a job."

Poverty, desperation and sadness in the USA. Michelle Williams plays an out of work, dead broke, trainhopping woman, and she and her dog are on their way to Alaska in hope of a new life. But when she gets busted for shoplifting dogfood for her companion things spiral out of control. This is a film about how little it takes to skrew you when you are living way under minimum wages, and how society really can create all sorts of poverty traps for those who already have nothing. It's heartbreaking, and probably an all too real situation for too many people, trapped in a country that refuses to take care of its inhabitants in any real meaningful way, but instead leaves it up to chance, random charity and alms from the obscenely wealthy. 'Wendy and Lucy' does a lot with a little and manages to adress some complex fates with very sparce methods, and it is surprisingly powerful. The film rests on Williams-performance and she does a good job, playing it low-key. The film also features a brief, but terrifying appearance by Larry Fessenden. Well worth seeing, if you don't mind the pain.

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