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Nomadland (2020)

Drama  
Rayting:   7.8/10 32295 votes
Country: USA | Germany
Language: English

Follows a woman in her sixties who, 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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evanhorn-97618 13 September 2020

I don't think a movie has ever made me feel this way. The entire thing felt like such a warm hug, it was so welcoming and comfortable. Yet, I found tears streaming down my face during times that weren't even particularly sad. One of the most beautiful, intimate, moving films I've ever seen and I felt disappointed when the credits started to roll because I didn't want it to be over.

I feel like I experienced everything: made new friends and new memories. I feel like I know everything about Fern and witnessed an entire lifetime in a 2 hour long film. Frances Mcdormand gives an absolute powerhouse of a performance (which comes as a surprise to no one). This movie deserves every award.

Thank you Chloé Zhao, thank you for making this movie.

t-viktor212 12 September 2020

A stunning road movie, distinctly american, with a soul of its own. I have never seen a Chloe Zhao before, but I can say that her style feels close to some of Malick's less radical works, which I mean as a praise. It's a film that makes you strongly empathize with its characters, it successfully manages to make you want to embark on such a nomadic life. It is able to transfer that sense of connection to nature that its characters feel. Imbibed with Thoreau, it manages to even slip in quite a few Shakespeare quotes. Many might argue that my assessment that the life depicted is close to the one imagined by Thoreau in his "Walden" is wrong, as the protagonist doesn't isolate herself from society. Yet, Thoreau's account of his experiment also shows that he interacted with local communities, next to living in the woods. Similarly, these nomads live in a liminal level between society. they do small, temporary jobs, but are free enough to connect with nature, to build their home, in a similar fashion to Thoreau. In this sense, Nomadland is an authentic, culturally american movie, opposed to the unauthentic, modern-day chaos that is often perceived in the word as representative of what is "american".

bastille-852-731547 27 September 2020

Chloe Zhao's film with Frances McDormand as a widowed "nomad" who spends her years living from place to place in the western United States and working various occupations is a stunning piece of cinema. While the plot of the film may sound rather understated, its understatedness is actually part of its inherent beauty.

McDormand's character, Fern, initially starts off working for Amazon before deciding to leave and start moving from place to place. The cinematography of the film's settings across the West and Great Plains is absolutely gorgeous, to put it mildly. Its shots are grand in scope yet never flashy or pretentious, immersing the viewer head-on in real natural beauty on a level that enables them to truly escape from the realities in which they are living in. There is a great mix of wider road, park, or mountain shots and more up-close shots focusing on Fern, other characters, or everyday facts of nature. The sheer diversity and beauty of the aesthetic will remind film lovers of Terrence Malick and/or Emmanuel Lubezki. The score is also beautifully tuned and bittersweet, pairing neatly and thoroughly with the tone of the film as a whole. McDormand's performance is outstanding, providing an irresistible combination of tenacity, pathos, and grit. Her acting feels remarkably genuine and down-to-earth when she is in character, and the screenplay develops her character very well. It truly is one of the greatest performances of her career. The various jobs that she works throughout the film and the people she interacts with all complement the film's character development. While most of the supporting characters are not in the film for too long, they are all thoroughly unique and interesting as well. You truly empathize for them and realize that the nomad lifestyle is not only one rooted in hardship, such as financial difficulty, but also one (in their opinion) of hope, relatability to common struggles and ordinary concerns, and opportunity; almost inherently liberating to some degree. The film is paced leisurely yet cohesively, allowing viewers to fully engage with and take in all the details of its aesthetic and presentation of the nomadic lifestyle while still moving deftly enough to propagate how it represents various facets of such lifestyle.

All in all, this is the best film of 2020 so far and a superbly well-made picture on every level--acting, emotional power, cinematography, editing, and score. I can't wait to see what Chloe Zhao does next (she has been hired to direct the upcoming Marvel blockbuster "The Eternals.") 10/10

tmb-17420 18 September 2020

Is the ultimate dream really owning sticks and bricks with a picket fence and a yard? This movie introduces us to modern day nomads. Some have adopted the lifestyle as a result of circumstances while others made a conscious choice to live this life. I was drawn in to Frances McDormands charactor of Fern, a women from a small town that has basically closed down as a result of the main employer shutting their plant. She decides to convert a van into a home on wheels and seek seasonal work in different places. Along the way she creates a road family of other nomads, sometimes they travel together sometimes their paths cross once a year - but there is a sense of family that is built. There are times when things seem very bleak and lonely for Fern, but she also has a sense of inner strength that is to be admired. She is not without options, but she chooses to keep living her life on the road. I also think it is a wonderful addition on the filmmaker's part in chosing to include actual nomads to play supporting charactors.

lizarmstrong-60293 13 September 2020

This film left me speechless. Words cannot capture what a beautiful, unique, touching, reflective film this was. I have not seen a film I loved this much in a long time.

Frances McDormand is a genius. She blends into her role so effortlessly that you hardly feel as though you're on a journey with a fictional character.

The cinematography is stunning, and all of the actors are perfectly cast. Everything - from the music to the editing - is a masterclass in the art of filmmaking.

If Nomadland does not sweep up at the Oscars...something is wrong with the world.

Find a way to see this film! You won't regret it

mbrcf 13 September 2020

TIFF 2020 04

Nomadland

This is my favorite film of 2020 so far. It's bitter, it's sweet, it's tender, heartful, tear-breaking at times, it's about people, it's about some very ordinary people with each one, each single one feeling and being unique with his/her own story, it's about nature with sooooo many beautiful wide-open shots and landscape frames, it's about life on the road, the life that's maybe harder than it seemes but offers lots and lots of freedom and liveliness. The more I think about this magnificent film, the better it gets. What a great achievement in filmmaking and storytelling. Can not wait to see it again.

kidmusic-54542 13 September 2020

A great Francis McDormand performance, gorgeous cinematography and a compelling story make for a great character study!

lukietd 13 September 2020

This is cinematic patience, a bare and beautifully drawn out experience that paces and feels exactly like the lives and experiences it portrays. The landscapes are stunning, the camerawork intimate and always thoughtful with its choices. The movie makes subtle, deliberate gestures, and it all culminates into something really special. Movies so plot-thin always must walk the careful border of disinterest - but honestly I could've watched another hour of this stuff and never get bored. It's hypnotizing in its own unique way, and I haven't really seen anything quite like it. (This is the vibe I wish Sean Penn's Into the Wild could've captured).

8.5/10

niclasericsson 21 November 2020

I saw this movie at the Stockholm International Film Festival 2020 and I really liked it. Frances McDormand is excellent as Fern, a woman who has lost everything and has more or less been forced to a nomadic life style on the road. Everything feels so believable, from the sparse dialogue to how each character react. Beautiful cinematography and a fantastic score makes this a big recommendation!

phosphenesserendipity 8 October 2020

Nomaland It was a wise move on Zhao's part toeventually include some suburban homes, whereFern and Dave have relatives ready to help. Theymay not have ideal choices but they both havealternatives to life on the road, options they haverejected. One of those family members, trying tobe kind, compares nomads to pioneers. That istrue enough, but as the bracing Nomadland reveals, it is also too simplistic a view for today'sUS, with its ageing population in a devastatedeconomy.

michaeljohnson-27597 27 September 2020

Sometimes it takes an outside viewpoint to give us true perspective. We don't really know ourselves until someone pulls back the veil and shows us our true selves, and often... we don't like what they show us.

It took a gifted filmmaker, who also happens to be a Chinese National to once again show North-Americans a little nugget of our history that we might not know about, but also might not enjoy hearing.

Chloe Zhao, who is set to tackle Marvel's Eternals next year is one of the most subtle and grounded filmmakers of this generation, but she is also an impeccable story teller, and she relies not on large budgets or huge Hollywood names to tell these stories, she relies on authenticity and human connection. The juxtaposition of going from her small, personal stories to the Marvel Cinematic Universe needs to be addressed; it's akin to helping with your cousin's taxes for years, and then suddenly being asked to head a Fortune-500 company.

Zhao's Nomadland, based on the novel by Jessica Bruder is the story of a forgotten part of the Boomer generation. There are those in their 50s, 60s and perhaps older who just can't afford to retire. They need to work to survive, and they need to keep moving to work. These Boomers are lost because the little industrial-driven towns they've lived in for years weren't meant for the modern world filled with those aforementioned Fortune 500 companies. Mines shut down, mills shut down, factories shut down, and it ends up killing their town.

The film itself is basically a documentary, which is no surprise to anyone who has seen Zhao's previous work, most notably 'The Rider' in 2017. Zhao finds authenticity in using real people, not actors, and the stories they tell... are their stories. There's very little fiction in these films, which once again lends itself to the realness.

Casting the only two actors in the entire film, the brilliant Francis McDormand as the main character Fern, and the equally brilliant David Strathairn, seems to be Zhao dipping her toes into the enormous sea she's about to dive into with Marvel. The two performances, however, are unlike anything these two actors have done before. They are almost non-existent in this film, and that should be taken with every ounce of positivity. They are not McDormand and Strathairn, they are Fern and Dave, and sadly, these characters are lost members of their generation, but certainly not lost on the audience even if they take a 'backseat' to the message of the film. The actors blend into the roles so beautifully, they seem like you've probably passed them a million times without noticing. McDormand even took embodying Fern to a fantastic level of commitment by working, sometimes for months, in the odd jobs that Fern has to work throughout her journey. There is nothing but legitimacy to every action McDormand performs, and every choice Fern makes. You believe everything.

This is such a brilliant way to use these actors, because, ultimately... it is not their story. It's so rare you have a film where the characters are both 'moot' and yet compelling. This speaks to Zhao's ability to tell a story using all the tools at her disposal, and sometimes that means your character or your Academy-Award winning actors step back and let everything else in the film do the talking. Using the real 'Nomads' in the film, rather than actors, once again just adds that previously mentioned legitimacy. The feel of the film can be a

roger-99-171599 27 September 2020

In her third feature film, Zhao continues to prove she's going to dominate Hollywood.

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