• Plot Description
• USA: Sep 23, 2005
• UK: 5 Aug 2005
Budget DKK 50,000,000
Dear Wendy Website
1 hour, 42 minutes
Country Denmark | France | Germany | UK
Lucky Punch, Nimbus Film Productions, Zentropa Entertainments, TV2 Danmark (co-production)
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• Dear Wendy (2005)
Tagline: One shot is all it takes.
Plot: Dogme '95 cofounders Thomas Vinterberg (CELEBRATION) and Lars Von Trier (DANCER IN THE DARK, DOGVILLE) team up in DEAR WENDY, an unusual but entertaining drama set in an unnamed American small town. Jamie Bell, the award-winning actor who played the title role in BILLY ELLIOT, stars as Dick, a teenager loner whose father (Trevor Cooper) is disappointed that the boy has chosen not to work with him in the mines. Shortly following his father's death, Dick develops a fetish for a gun he bought in a toystore, and he soon forms a special club with fellow outcasts Freddie (Michael Angarano), Huey (Chris Owen), Susan (Alison Pill), and Stevie (Mark Webber). The teens meet regularly in an abandoned section of the mine, where they refer to their guns as their "partners," experiment with unique shooting styles, and live by their own code of bizarre rules--which include never firing aboveground at people. But when Sheriff Krugsby (Bill Pullman) asks Dick to help take care of troubled teen Sebastian (Danso Gordon), things don't go quite as planned, leading to an unforgettable ending. The quirky, compelling film, written by Von Trier and directed by Vinterberg, features cool costumes, expert pacing, and familiar songs by the 1960s group the
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Artistically, Dear Wendy excels too. Vinterberg shoots the movie with a documentary-style authenticity, the cast put in flawless performances and the soundtrack enhances the whole experience with 1960s cult band The Zombies playing throughout.
Theatrical set design and otherworldly plot aside, Dear Wendy succeeds in being powerfully relevant. It speaks volumes of the culture of fear that arises around guns, around violence, and it does so without quite so obviously talking down to its audience.
Dear Wendy will divide audiences and critics the same way that Von Trier’s directorial efforts have, but now more than ever, as the Zombies’ song harmoniously states, it’s the time of the season for loving.
--Erik Childress (eFilmCritic.com)
This is an engaging, beautifully filmed story that says things we badly need to hear.
To sum up, Dear Wendy is a disturbing film in many ways. Whilst it doesn’t always work but it’s worth checking out and is, at any rate, a damn sight better than Vinterberg’s previous American film, It’s All About Love.
--Matthew Turner (ViewLondon)
|This satirical love letter to America's gun culture has a very high calibre. 8/10|
--Anton Bitel (Movie Gazette)