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Wendy and Lucy back to product details

Wow, what a performance
written by MKaliher May 28, 2009 - 3:49 PM PDT
4 out of 4 members found this review helpful
Michelle Williams is exceptional with her portrayal of Wendy in this extraordinary film. She first caught my attention in Wim Wenders's Land of Plenty, where she stole the show, but some of her work after that led me to believe she'd sold out to the Hollywood garbage machine--which tried to doll her up as some kind of glam queen. Wendy and Lucy fulfilled my hope that this talented young actor would return to the kind of gutsy performance she delivered in Land of Plenty.

She does so in spades in Wendy and Lucy, figuratively slapping the Hollywood pimps in the face. (Right on, Michelle!) Kelly Reichardt and Jonathan Raymond deserve great credit for bringing this remarkable and courageous film to the screen, as do actors Wally Dalton and Will Patton for rising to Michelle's high standard. But the simple fact that Williams accepted the role tells me that this is an actor whose career I'll want to track.

Williams owns the camera. Watch the subtlety of her facial expression, the simplicity of her movement. This is clearly an actor who understands cinema. What's it about? A young woman and her dog. This is only one of two films I've rated a ten (the other being Andrea Arnold and Lone Scherfig's Red Road). I don't know who Williams is or where she came from, but she's already one of the best. If you appreciate real American cinema and great motion picture acting, check out Wendy and Lucy.


(Average 7.65)
23 Votes
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