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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: April 1, 2009 @ 3:06 pm

    Wendy and Lucy

    Fiona McCann

    Wendy and Lucy is a small film set in a Pacific Northwest that thrums and squeals with trains passing through and passing by strange towns where you can’t get “an address without an address, or a job without a job,” yet people live, count time, are passed over. Modest, pared down yet fully, touchingly human, it’s like an on-screen Will Oldham song, unadorned, honest and wholly American. It also boasts an appearance by the aforementioned Mr Oldham himself as Icky, but it is a mesmserising, Michelle Williams, who plays Wendy with pitch perfect honesty and understatement, that really steals the show. Oh, and a very endearing dog. Anyone seen it (the film, not the dog)?
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    • Q says:

      Saw it. Loved it. Loved its beautiful simplicity and the Oldham tune that Michelle Williams hums through the film. She is turning into one of the finest American actresses working today.

    • Quint says:

      Been meaning to see this film for a good while.. I was blown away by the trailer. Hopefully next week. Talking about great films, eventually got to see The Class this week. The film is over two hours long but it absolutely flew by as this is one of the most compelling, involving films I’ve seen in a long time. Teacher vs student intellectual battle – fresh, orginal, amazing. makes teaching look like the most exhausting jobs in the world. Don’t know how anyone can do it.

    • Fiona says:

      Q: Yeah, she’s made some great choices, and I thought she did a fabulous job in this. I liked her character’s androgynous, everyman aspect.

      Quint: Ah, have been meaning to see The Class as well. Will get on it.

    • Medbh says:

      I’ve been dying to see this. I have to wait for it on dvd because I know I’m going to bawl my eyes out and I hate crying in public.

    • Fiona says:

      Medbh: I hear you. I had to hunker down in my seat at the end and wait till everyone else left the cinema.

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