by Kristi Mitsuda (December 7, 2008)

The Pacific Northwest on display in Kelly Reichardt’s latest film isn’t restorative, as in her lovely last, “Old Joy,” the lust forests of which temporarily heal an ailing friendship; nor is the setting here milked for moody, romantic potential as in the recently released “Twilight.” In “Wendy and Lucy,” the filmmaker instead harnesses the region’s notoriously forbidding grey skies to conjure an atmospheric bleakness suited to the impoverished underbelly of Portland.

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