Saturday, December 13, 2008

Wendy and Lucy

I wasn't a huge fan of Old Joy.  As much as I love Will Oldham, I thought his performance fell a bit flat.  The score from Yo La Tengo was exceptional, though, and director Kelly Reichardt displayed some stunning restraint and a deft eye for subtly profound moments and intimate exchanges.

Based on its trailer, her new film looks worth seeing.  Like Old Joy, Wendy and Lucy is based on a short story from Jon Raymond and takes place in Oregon. Starring the consistently captivating Michelle Williams and Reichardt's own pooch as the titular pair, the film follows a young woman as her life unravels through a series of financial hardships. Sounds like the perfect movie for these dire economic times!

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