Posts from 17th March 2009

Mar 09

What If It Were Wendy & Lisa

FT5 comments • 544 views

Wendy And Lucy is a tinycore mood piece about poor, struggling Wendy (Michelle Williams) trying to drive up to Alaska with her dog Lucy. Wendy is looking for work and has a plan, but to get to Alaska she has to stick to a strict budget with very little room for disaster. Unfortunately disaster strikes in a small town, when her car breaks down. This financial shock leads her into petty theft, when she tries to steal dogfood for Lucy, which leads to a day in jail and Lucy going missing. So Wendy is stranded, lost her only friend and slowly running out of money. And the whole town, falling apart because its mill has closed down, doesn’t care. Wendy And Lucy is the zeitgeist poverty movie we were waiting for, if we wanted a movie to tell us exactly how miserable we were about to be. Which we don’t, and is why we are all waiting with baited breath for Star Trek.

I thought Wendy And Lucy was terrific, a really powerful piece of depression art, with plenty of resonance for previous recessions. But I recognise that it was never going to sell many cinema tickets. So here is my version: