Wendy and Lucy ★★★★

This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

This review may contain spoilers.

The stories that affect us the most don't always have to be grand or have many characters. Wendy and Lucy is such a film that does so much with so little. With Wendy's humming, the rushing of trains, and Lucy's barks, we're brought, just for a moment, into their lives. And because I haven't stopped thinking about Shoplifters since I saw it, this film reminded me of it particularly because of the line that the teenager from the grocery store says when Wendy attempts to shoplift food for Lucy, "If you can't take care of a dog, you shouldn't have a dog."

On one hand, we shouldn't have other living things if we can't take care of ourselves and the animal. However, we police each other so much on what we're allowed to have - especially if you're in a particular socioeconomic status. If you're poor, why do you have a cell phone? Or why did you go to the movies? Why do you have a dog? It's this aspect that made Wendy and Lucy hit the hardest for me as I was crying towards the end. Everything in this world is inextricably tied and connected to the other, and numerous times in ways that are a detriment to people. You have to have an address to do this, an ID to apply for this, and experience in this to work this particular job. Our happiness is so tied to the economic status we live in no matter how much we may try to work against it. Wendy can't have Lucy if she doesn't have the money for food, shelter, etc. These are basic needs that we all have to pay for and the question is: why do we have to?

Also, Kelly Reichardt is quickly becoming one of my favorite directors as I watch through her filmography. She uses silence and space so well. Her films always feel so lived in no matter at what point in life her characters are.