This feels like the type of movie a lot of filmmakers aspire to make. They want to tell a small story with low stakes that focuses on the characters rather than the plot. Of course this is a lot easier said than done. Big stories and intricate plots exist for a reason - they draw people in easily! When all you have is a few characters in a fairly unremarkable setting you have to work a lot harder. I guess it also helps if you have an adorable dog as one of those characters. But that's not to take anything away from Reichardt who makes you viscerally feel every single dollar Wendy has to spend. Decisions about how to spend your last few dollars are just as important as decisions that involve the fate of the world. It's nice to see that somebody gets that.