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"Wendy and Lucy" - A woman's life is derailed en route to a potentially lucrative summer job. When her car breaks down, and her dog is taken to the pound, the thin fabric of her financial situation comes apart, and she is led through a series of increasingly dire economic decisions. Written by Anonymous at IMDB

If you do not care for simple movies with no CGI, SFX or jerky motion camera movement then this movie is not for you.

This movie may not be for a lot of people because some consider it sad and depressing.

I found it a movie about love and hope, as well as a comment on our society today. For me it was a very good movie; and yes parts of it will make you sad, but that's life.

Two nominations for 2009 Independent Spirit Awards
Best Feature
Larry Fessenden
Neil Kopp
Anish Savjani

Best Female Lead
Michelle Williams

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Hey Airboss, I ran across another spanish film by Julio Medem:

Lovers of the Arctic Circle

It's an old film (1998) so you might have already seen it. But since it stars Felex Martinez and Najwa Nimri who were in Open Your Eyes and Sex and Lucie and Felex was in Black Tears and a bunch of other films and since I know you like those actors and the director, I figured I'd go ahead and mention it.
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Hey Airboss, I ran across another spanish film by Julio Medem:

Lovers of the Arctic Circle

It's an old film (1998) so you might have already seen it. But since it stars Felex Martinez and Najwa Nimri who were in Open Your Eyes and Sex and Lucie and Felex was in Black Tears and a bunch of other films and since I know you like those actors and the director, I figured I'd go ahead and mention it.


Mac, appreciate the recommendation, that is a GREAT film. I've all ready seen it, actually mentioned it in the thread where you recommended "Black Tears".
post #4 of 15
Sad for the dog or the girl?

I am too much of an animal lover to handle....
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Sad for the dog or the girl?

I am too much of an animal lover to handle....

Sad for
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the girl, good for the dog. Oink, since you're an animal lover you should really see this instead of "Marley and Me", see this review of MaM - Marley & Me' should be called New Yeller' .
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Sad for
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the girl, good for the dog. Oink, since you're an animal lover you should really see this instead of "Marley and Me", see this review of MaM - Marley & Me' should be called New Yeller' .

Jesus Frickin' Christmas!!
After reading that review, I find it amazing anyone would believe this story would make good film material!
post #7 of 15
Airboss,
How did this movie compare to Umberto D.?...I did not like Marley and Me, I heard the book was much better...
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Airboss,
How did this movie compare to Umberto D.?...I did not like Marley and Me, I heard the book was much better...


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Airboss,

How did this movie compare to Umberto D.?...I did not like Marley and Me, I heard the book was much better...

Chewbacco, it's been a few years since I've seen 'Umberto D', I'll try to re-watch 'Umberto D' tonight and let you know how it compares to 'Wendy and Lucy' (WaL is still fresh in my mind).
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Airboss,
How did this movie compare to Umberto D.?...I did not like Marley and Me, I heard the book was much better...

Just finished 'Umberto D'. As soon as it started I remembered the entire movie (watched it again anyway; it is a great movie). As to how it compares to Wendy and Lucy. The only similarity would be the fact that both Wendy and Umberto are facing hard times and both love their dogs. For me, Wendy and Lucy was the better of the two, but YMMV.
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Just finished 'Umberto D'. As soon as it started I remembered the entire movie (watched it again anyway; it is a great movie). As to how it compares to Wendy and Lucy. The only similarity would be the fact that both Wendy and Umberto are facing hard times and both love their dogs. For me, Wendy and Lucy was the better of the two, but YMMV.

On that note I'll watch it this weekend!...thanks for the recommendation.
post #11 of 15
I thought this was worse than Marley & Me...there is no way I feel sorry for this girl...her dog perhaps but not her. I mean
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She's packin' 5 large and won't pay 2 bucks for dog food, then after she searches and searches for her beloved Lucy...she leaves her behind..what the hell!!??
The only positive I got from the movie was that I recognized different areas of my home town and the #75 bus that I catch to go to work...I'm through with dog movies unless they're werewolves .
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I thought this was worse than Marley & Me...there is no way I feel sorry for this girl...her dog perhaps but not her.
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She's packin' 5 large and won't pay 2 bucks for dog food, then after she searches and searches for her beloved Lucy...she leaves her behind..what the hell!!??

Watched this last night, and I agree with your assessment. When the movie ended the wife said, “Is that it? Where did you come up with this movie?” I blamed it on AVS, which is true.

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I said the something similar when she got caught - how utterly stupid. I can only assume she did it because her budget only included the expensive parts of her trip and she would freeload the rest.


Wendy reminded me of Chris McCandless, of Into the Wild fame. Not well thought out, poor decisions, and naiveté.

This story could have been set in any decade and experienced by many, so I can see a lot of people identifying with the character, and I did to an extent, but I like to think I would have acted more responsible when I was in my younger 20s. As a matter of fact, I was, when a buddy and I took a roundtrip excursion from Virginia – California in my VW Beetle, camping out 90% of the time. Nothing wrong with being adventurous and exploring the world when you are that age, just be intelligent about it.

Michelle Williams looked homely and did an excellent job. In reality she’s actually very pretty and you may not recognize her from movie to movie because she changes her look. And yes, she is the mother of Heath Ledgers daughter.
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Watched this last night, and I agree with your assessment. When the movie ended the wife said, Is that it? Where did you come up with this movie? I blamed it on AVS, which is true.

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I said the something similar when she got caught - how utterly stupid. I can only assume she did it because her budget only included the expensive parts of her trip and she would freeload the rest.


Wendy reminded me of Chris McCandless, of Into the Wild fame. Not well thought out, poor decisions, and naiveté.

This story could have been set in any decade and experienced by many, so I can see a lot of people identifying with the character, and I did to an extent, but I like to think I would have acted more responsible when I was in my younger 20s. As a matter of fact, I was, when a buddy and I took a roundtrip excursion from Virginia - California in my VW Beetle, camping out 90% of the time. Nothing wrong with being adventurous and exploring the world when you are that age, just be intelligent about it.

Michelle Williams looked homely and did an excellent job. In reality she's actually very pretty and you may not recognize her from movie to movie because she changes her look. And yes, she is the mother of Heath Ledgers daughter.

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I thought this was worse than Marley & Me...there is no way I feel sorry for this girl...her dog perhaps but not her. I mean
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She's packin' 5 large and won't pay 2 bucks for dog food, then after she searches and searches for her beloved Lucy...she leaves her behind..what the hell!!??
The only positive I got from the movie was that I recognized different areas of my home town and the #75 bus that I catch to go to work...I'm through with dog movies unless they're werewolves .

As I noted above - For me, Wendy and Lucy was the better of the two, but YMMV.

I felt this was a very real film and showed a person in desperation and not thinking clearly. We may say we would do things differently but until faced with the exact circumstances (including the lack of family life and the reasons she left home in the first place) you don't know what you would do.

I did many foolish things at that age which I now think back on and just shake my head and say "What was I thinking!".

One thing which seems to brother many people was the but no ones seems to be upset or put down Umberto for
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trying to kill himself and his dog by standing in front of the train. Which is by far worst than shoplifting!


This is not an action flick, life is boring and hard for many people. This film shows one persons boring and hard life in which she does not make good choices when life throws a wrench in her plans (which weren't thought out very well to begin with).
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As I noted above - For me, Wendy and Lucy was the better of the two, but YMMV.

I felt this was a very real film and showed a person in desperation and not thinking clearly. We may say we would do things differently but until faced with the exact circumstances (including the lack of family life and the reasons she left home in the first place) you don't know what you would do.

I did many foolish things at that age which I now think back on and just shake my head and say "What was I thinking!".

One thing which seems to brother many people was the but no ones seems to be upset or put down Umberto for
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trying to kill himself and his dog by standing in front of the train. Which is by far worst than shoplifting!


This is not an action flick, life is boring and hard for many people. This film shows one persons boring and hard life in which she does not make good choices when life throws a wrench in her plans (which weren't thought out very well to begin with).

Airboss,
I realize we aren't going to agree on every movie and I respect your take on the movie, and I'll continue to view your recommendations as I have found some real gems. This is just one movie where we differ in opinions...
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Airboss,
I realize we aren't going to agree on every movie and I respect your take on the movie, and I'll continue to view your recommendations as I have found some real gems. This is just one movie where we differ in opinions...

No problem Chewbacco, I know that taste varies, especially when it comes to movies. My reference to the SL incident was because alot of people mention this as a reason they did not like the movie.
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