Filmmaker Kelly Reichardts purposely damped-down melodrama shows the gradual disintegration of a homeless female drifter named Wendy (Michelle Williams from Im Not There and Brokeback Mountain), whose car breaks down near Portland, Oregon and leaves her stranded with her dog, Lucy. Williams perf is strong and subtle, as is the scenario light on the speechifying by Reichardt (Old Joy) and Jonathan Raymond, from whose novel they adapted it. Intentionally or not, its an aptly cool portrait of essential American loneliness, and a humbling, completely absorbing experience. Costarring Will Patton, Will Oldham, and Wally Dalton as a sympathetic security guard (80 min.).
Director: Kelly Reichardt
Writer: Jonathan Raymond and Kelly Reichardt
Producer: Joshua Blum, Todd Haynes, Phil Morrison and Rajen Savjani
Cast: Michelle Williams, Will Patton, Will Oldham, John Robinson, Wally Dalton, Larry Fessenden, Brenna Beardsley and Ayanna Berkshire