Doggie dramas were another matter. They were a breed apart. With the exception of Kelly (Old Joy) [Reichardt]'s moving, minimalist [Wendy] and [Lucy], in fact, there really wasn't a breed to speak of. This is a country that likes its four-legged film stars cute and its sagas of puppy love basically upbeat (even if, à la Marley, they sometimes go for the cheap weep in the last act).Sure. The pound's closed for the day, and when Wendy camps in the woods for the night, a venom-spitting psycho approaches her. Study the closeup of [Michelle Williams]' face. She doesn't say a word, yet there's more pure terror right there than in all the screaming in The Last House on the Left, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Friday the 13th combined. The originals and the remakes.That genial old security guard is one of the film's few recurring figures, and the tentative friendship he develops with Wendy is as touching as it is low-key. People living on society's fringes, Rekhafdt seems to say, can still lend a hand to a fellow traveler in need. It may consist of nothing more than the use of a cellphone or the gift of a few dollars, but it's the humanity behind the gesture that matters. And, when you've reached a point in life's journey as precarious as Wendy's, that simple human touch can be the difference between giving up and going on.
Wendy and Lucy
Wendy and Lucy ****PET PROJECTReichardt cast her own golden retriever in this minimalist saga of desperation and devotion.2008 was the year of the dog. In the past 12 months, canine comedies have rolled off the Hollywood assembly line seemingly every week. Bolt, B...