After the passing of her husband and loss of her home, a woman seeks a new life of freedom on the road in this masterful drama starring Frances McDormand.
THE RIDER director Chloé Zhao returns with one of the most celebrated films of the year with NOMADLAND, a rugged, resonant look at individuals seeking to live off the grid. Like many onetime American company towns, Empire, Nevada was essentially removed from the map after the closing of a gypsum mine, leaving recently-widowed Fern (Frances McDormand) to roam the country in her trusty van. When Fern’s temporary holiday stint at an Amazon facility ends, she is persuaded by a coworker to rendezvous at a roadside meetup for like-minded individuals who have had enough with the pitfalls of capitalism. Over the course of a year of travels, Fern encounters many “houseless, not homeless” people (many portrayed by non-actors) who open up about the personal journeys that have drawn them to the road. Told through the weathered but fiercely determined eyes of McDormand in a career-best performance, NOMADLAND uses Fern’s journey as a poetic vessel for awe-inspiring vistas that conjure the mythical spirit of the American West even as the film showcases those who have been left out of the American Dream.
CAST: Frances McDormand, David Strathairn, Linda May, Charlene Swankie
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