Drama | 2021
Based on the nonfiction book by Jessica Bruder. In 2011, the U.S. Gypsum plant in Empire, Nevada shut down driving the town out of existence. After her husband died, without a job, Fern decides to sell her house and all her belongings, purchase a van, and travel the country looking for work. She is able to find part-time seasonal jobs at the Amazon fulfillment warehouse, an RV park, and packing potatoes for shipment. Fern finds companionship with other nomads at the campsite and learns how they deal with their hard lives and tragedies. She meets David at the campsite, a kindly widower, who invites Fern to join him on a trip to see his new-born granddaughter. Fern visits David’s family and is overcome by their warm welcome and hospitality. David decides to stay on with them and Fern departs without saying goodbye. Fern returns to the abandoned town of Empire and visits the deserted factory and the home she shared with her husband. It’s a sad experience for Fern, but she gets back in her van and hits the road.
Why Stream This Film?
Golden Globe Awards: Winner, Best Picture, Drama; Best Screenplay (Chloé Zhao); Best Director (Zhao); Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture (Frances McDormand)
AFI Awards: Winner, Best Movie of the Year
Boston Society of Film Critics: Winner, Best Film; Best Director ( Chloé Zhao)
Chicago International Film Festival: Winner, Best Feature
New York Film Critics Circle Awards: Winner, Best Director (Chloé Zhao)
Toronto Film Critics Circle Awards: Winner, Best Picture; Best Actress (Frances McDormand); Best Director (Chloé Zhao)
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Settle in for an instant masterpiece about the vagabond’s life on the road. It’s the kind of film that grabs you from its opening moments and keeps you in its thrall. If you miss this film, you are robbing yourself of one of the great movie-watching experiences of your life.
NOMADLAND is patient, compassionate and open, motivated by an impulse to wander and observe rather than to judge or explain. McDormand’s skill and sensitivity help persuade you that what you are seeing isn’t just realistic, but true.
NOMADLAND is a modest masterpiece like no other. Beautifully unadorned and heart-in-your-mouth stirring, it’s leisurely yet urgent, with a singular tone that lies somewhere between elegy and hope.
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