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Directed by Kelly Reichardt

United States 2008 80 mins. In English

Based on a story by Portland writer Jon Raymond and shot here in Oregon, Reichardt’s (Old Joy, Meek’s Cutoff) film explores the life of a young woman attempting to find her place in the world. Wendy (Michelle Williams) is traveling to Alaska with her dog Lucy in hopes of finding a job at a cannery. When her car breaks down and with no money to repair it, she confronts a series of increasingly dire economic decisions with far-ranging repercussions for herself and Lucy. Addressing issues of sympathy and generosity at the edges of American life, Reichardt’s emotional film reveals the limits and depths of people’s duty to each other in tough times.

Genres: Drama

Appears in: Oscilloscope at Ten



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