Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Toronto critics name indie drama Wendy and Lucy best of 2008

The low-key indie drama Wendy and Lucy has won over the Toronto Film Critics Association, which on Wednesday named the quiet film the year's best picture.

Directed by Kelly Reichardt and starring Michelle Williams, Wendy and Lucy chronicles a young, down-on-her luck woman's growing desperation as circumstances force her into poverty.

The Toronto critics group also tapped Williams as best actress for her turn in the movie, which first won acclaim at international film festivals and has already been getting nods on other year-end lists.

The ensemble drama Rachel Getting Married was another clear favourite of the critics group and scored a trio of distinctions: best director for Jonathan Demme, best screenplay for debut screenwriter Jenny Lumet and best supporting actress for Rosemarie DeWitt.

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