Nomadland

Drama | 2021

Info

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. 

Cast
Frances McDormand (Fern) / David Strathairn (David)
Why Stream This Film?
In brilliant, heartbreaking episodes, Nomadland depicts how economic upheaval, dislocation, and joblessness can drive middle-aged people like Fern to hit the open road and live like nomads. But in their campsites they manage to comfort each other and find a way to go on living. The film is a small masterpiece and McDormand delivers a performance worthy of an Oscar. 
Accolades
  • 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.
Richard Roeper

Chicago Sun-Times

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.
A.O. Scott

The New York Times

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.
Joe Morgenstern

The Wall Street Journal

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