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Nomadland

  • Drama
  • 2020
  • Chloé Zhao
  • 107 mins
  • 12A

Summary

A woman in her sixties, after losing everything in the Great Recession, embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad.

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Review

A star rating of 5 out of 5.

A transformative journey across the American west unfolds with utter majesty in writer/director Chloé Zhao's Oscar-winning adaptation of Jessica Bruder's non-fiction book. Reeling from the twin tragedies of losing her home and her husband, the free-spirited Fern (a never-better Frances McDormand) is plunged into a transient existence as she hits the road in a lovingly converted van. It's an unforgiving lifestyle, dependent on seasonal gigs and "stealth parking". But along the way, Fern meets many beautiful souls (including real-life nomads Linda May and Bob Wells), and finds a sense of community with other older Americans, who have been similarly cast adrift. Freed from the need to explain itself, or explicitly condemn the negligence that has brought Fern to this point, Nomadland transcends narrative conventions, allowing us to simply luxuriate in its protagonist's exploits. With a stunning score from Ludovico Einaudi that's by turns melancholic and soothing, and sublime cinematography by Joshua James Richards, the film boasts a remarkable ability to capture the cathartic power of connecting with nature, and is an almost spiritual experience. As she salutes the resilience of humankind, Zhao has given us something genuinely unforgettable.

Credits

Cast

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FernFrances McDormand
GayGay DeForest
PattyPatricia Grier
LindaLinda May
AngelaAngela Reyes
CarlCarl R Hughes
DougDouglas G Soul
RyanRyan Aquino
SwankieCharlene Swankie
DaveDavid Strathairn

Crew

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DirectorChloé Zhao

Details

Theatrical distributor
Walt Disney
Released on
2021-02-17
Languages
English
Formats
Colour
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