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Kelly Reichardt Collection

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The auteur's first four films in one box

Over two decades and six features, Kelly Reichardt has emerged as a mistress of minimalism whose low-key indies speak volumes to those prepared to listen. This collection contains her three best-known titles (Old Joy, Wendy And Lucy and the western Meek’s Cutoff) and also her first (River Of Grass), an anti-Badlands which takes that movie’s essentials (a guy, a girl and a gun), then cleverly subverts them.

The rest range from the deceptively slight (Joy) and grittily austere (Cutoff) to the deeply moving (Wendy), with recurring collaborators that suggest a repertory company in the making.

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