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Frances McDormand explores the vast landscape of the American West, in Chloé Zhao’s wise and intimate portrayal of life as a modern-day nomad.
The first few images of Frances McDormand as Fern establish the will of this woman straight away. She’s on her own, working itinerant jobs, hitting the road when it’s time to move on. “I’m not homeless,” she says to an inquiring friend’s daughter. “I’m just… houseless. Not the same thing.”
Fern drives her old RV up and down the highways of America’s West, following the seasons and seasonal jobs. When she discovers a community of like-minded nomads, her heart opens, but she’s cautious about forging bonds.
Nomadland arrives between Zhao’s award-winning prairie drama The Rider and her upcoming Marvel superhero movie, The Eternals. It’s yet more evidence of what makes her a singular filmmaker and one of the most important new voices in American cinema. Zhao seeks out characters living in the margins of society and on the periphery of movie heroism and shows us why these seeming outcasts define America, and movies, more so than the big-screen protagonists we’re used to. As we watch Fern eke out a living in precarious jobs, try and fail and try again to form relationships, and all against stunning expanses of desert and sky, it’s clear that we’re watching a portrait of America now.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “Deeply intimate and hauntingly beautiful.” The Telegraph.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “Frances McDormand delivers the performance of her career.” The Guardian.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “Hauntingly beautiful.” The Telegraph.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “A triumph.” The List.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “Utterly inspired.” The Guardian.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ “Extraordinary.” The Evening Standard.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Daily Telegraph (UK).
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ iNews.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ HeyUGuys.
Winner: 4 BAFTA AWARDS: Best Film, Best Director (Chloé Zhao), Leading Actress (Frances McDormand), Cinematography (Joshua James Richards).
Winner: 2021 Directors Guild of America Awards (DAG): Theatrical Feature. Chloé Zhao
6 Award Nominations: Best Picture, Best Director (Chloé Zhao), Best Actress (Frances McDormand), Best Adapted Screenplay (Chloé Zhao), Best Cinematography (Joshua James Richards), and Best Film Editing (Chloé Zhao).
Winner! Critics Choice Awards, Best Picture, Best Director, Chloé Zhao, Best Adapted Screenplay, Chloé Zhao, Best Cinematography, Joshua James Richards.
Winner! Golden Globe Award Best Picture, Best Director, Chloé Zhao.
Winner! Golden Lion Best Film Venice Film Festival.
Winner! TIFF Audience Award.
Winner! New York Film Critics Circle (NYFCC), Best Director.
SAG Awards Nomination Best Actress Frances McDormand.
Winner! Producers Guild Awards Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures