Tuesday, December 09, 2008
Michelle Williams and the Ellipses of Wendy and Lucy
In the melancholy world of Wendy and Lucy, meaning is conveyed more through looks and gestures than words.
That’s key, given the plot turns on the relationship between down-on-her-luck Wendy, subtly portrayed by Michelle Williams, and Lucy, a lean and tan mutt with soulful brown eyes.
We can’t know the full story between the two, but their affection is palatable.
The simple narrative offers only hints at who Wendy is. Like the mysterious bandage she wears around her ankle, we don’t know what’s underneath it or how she got it, just as we don’t really know how Wendy got to this moment in her life, or where she’ll end up. Like life and the character, the bandage is complicated.
“It’s sort of like Wendy herself,” Williams says. “It’s the physical manifestation of something that’s never really revealed—like a question on top of a question.”
Williams, 28, prompts us to seek answers as she taps into the soul of Wendy and her wounds in a remarkable performance.
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