Wanda

Wanda

(1970)

In this award-winning drama, Barbara Loden (who also writes and directs) stars as a listless Pennsylvania coal country housewife who abandons her family and drifts through mining country until she meets a petty thief who takes her in.

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  • "Realism" doesn't entirely do justice to the world Wanda inhabits, which, for all the grit and grunge of its bars and diners and factory floors, is also a world of startling everyday beauty. Full Review

  • Wanda is a small movie, fully aware of its limits, and within those limits lovely. Full Review

  • [Loden] captures the ambiance of small-time roadhouses with compelling accuracy; she manages through some clever location photography to convey an almost overwhelming sense of lingering desperation. Full Review

  • The film is all the more impressive for its refusal to get embroiled in half-baked political attitudinising. Full Review

  • It's a powerful character study of an uneducated Pennsylvania coal-country woman who allows her husband a divorce and custody of her two children because, she admits, "I'm just no good." Full Review

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