Role: Wendy Carroll
Release Date: September 27, 2008 (New York Film Festival), December 10, 2008 (limited release)
Director: Kelly Reichardt
Writers: Kelly Reichardt, Jonathan Raymond
MPAA Rating: R
Alternate Titles: The Train Choir (working title), Wendy (working title)
Wally Dalton….Security Guard
Larry Fessenden….Man in Park
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.
Michelle plays Wendy, the main character in the film.
Quotes from the Movie:
“I don’t live here. I’m just passing through.”
Quotes from Michelle:
“There’s this moment we really tried to shoot because I loved it so much, and it was impossible. Near the end, it says something like, “She pauses in a patch of sunlight and feels the warmth. At least the sun is still free.” I just felt like we had to get that, one good feeling that doesn’t cost. And we tried it and couldn’t relay it, so we gave up. But it became suffused with a feeling, all this stuff that I could think about, and take a lot of feeling from, but not actually show.”
“You know, I’m a reader and I like to read books, and so it really captured…There were so many things in it, so many qualities of the writing, of the descriptive language, that were really captivating, but I also thought totally un-filmic. Like you couldn’t…How do you put that on a screen?”
“It was an anti-risk film for me. It allowed me to work in a way that I didn’t feel like people were watching me, leering and judging.”
– The movie was shot in eighteen days in August 2007 in Portland, Oregon.
– For her work in this movie, Michelle was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead and a Chlotrudis Award for Best Actress. She won the Toronto Film Critics Association Award and the Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress.