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15 — 18 May 2009

Cast: Michelle Williams, Will Oldham, Will Patton

Fri 15 May - Sat 16 May 6.00 Sun 17 & Mon 18 May 8.30

Dir: Kelly Reichardt (2008) USA 1hr 20min

Cast: Michelle Williams, Will Oldham, Will Patton

Wendy and Lucy is a sweet, slight and beautifully crafted film about a young female drifter (a terrific Michelle Williams) who loses her dog in a dismal nowhere town on her way to find work in Alaska. Wendy's hand-to-mouth existence is okay till a silly theft sets off a tiny chain of incidents which leave her reliant on the kindness of strangers. Sadly even this kindness is limited because this is an America already on the breadline. It's a subtle gem from Kelly Reichardt (who made last year's Old Joy) as much "about" the magic you can weave with a vulnerable actress and a patient camera as it is about the quietly fierce logic of poverty. It is picking up rave reviews and dedicated word-of-mouth wherever it plays. One for our times indeed.