Nomadland will perform in select IMAX theaters on January 29, before opening in traditional theaters and drive-ins and on Hulu on February 19.
Nomadland Movie Info.
A woman embarks on a journey through the West after losing everything during the recession.
Director & Writer: Chloé Zhao
Producer: Frances McDormand, Peter Spears, Mollye Asher, Dan Janvey, Chloé Zhao
Release Date (Theaters): Feb 19, 2021
Duration: 1h 48m
Production Co: Highwayman Films, Cor Cordium Productions
Fern (Frances McDormand) is living a life that has been taken from her. It seems he was relatively fortunate in Empire, Nevada, one of those many small American towns built around industry. When the plaster factory closed, the City of Empire literally closed with it. His entire zip code was removed within six months. In this nightmarish state, Fern’s husband died, leaving her all alone and, well, she likes the word “homeless” more than “homeless.”
Fern looks for work as a temp at an Amazon hub, starts living in her truck, and eventually becomes involved with a group of modern nomads, people who sometimes form makeshift communities but inevitably end up alone again, traversing the American landscape. Fern is the unforgettable center of Chloé Zhao’s masterful “Nomadland”, a film that finds poetry in the story of a seemingly average woman. It is a beautiful film that is alternately dreamy in the way it captures the beauty of this country and is based on its story about the kind of person we don’t normally see in movies. I like everything there.
Filmmakers and performers in general tend to judge their characters. Here’s the good, here’s the bad. Here is the problem that must be solved in order to make the male or female protagonist happy at the end of the movie or be judged for their bad behavior. There is a much smaller version of the true story of “Nomadland,” based on Jessica Bruder’s book, that does all of this, and melodramatizes Fern’s story into a story of redemption.
Fern doesn’t think she needs to be delivered or rescued, nor does Zhao push buttons to make us feel sorry for her, while somehow never underestimating the loneliness and sadness of her situation. The result is a film that earns your emotions, which come mainly from genuine and honest empathy.
Of course, this is impossible with an actress younger than Frances McDormand performing every scene. We see this world through McDormand’s achievements, one of the most subtle and refined of his career. Fern is an incredibly complex woman, someone who can be so restless that she self-sabotages, but is also incredibly warm and open with her people.
She makes friends wherever she goes, such as the women she goes to a trailer show with or the young man she gives birth to. McDormand does so many things with a wry look or smile that other actors couldn’t convey with a full monologue. We see a lifetime in this performance. Every beat and every choice has a story. It is one of the best professional performances of one of our best actresses. It’s just great.
And Zhao matches what he gets from McDormand in “Nomadland” with his amazing technical prowess. She reunites with Joshua James Richards, the cameraman of “The Rider,” and the couple find beauty again in the country’s landscapes. Fern’s journey takes her across the United States, and Zhao and Richards bend over the majesty of the world around her with long shots of the horizon, most of which are apparently taken at a magical hour.
It is a wonderful film to experiment with, and not just in ‘beautiful pictures’. Everything about the imagery of “Nomadland” is surprising: the way Richards and Zhao slowly slide their camera with Fern through a community of van residents can feel lyrical without ever losing the truth and value of the moment. It’s honestly hard to understand how Zhao made such a beautiful film in his compositions and somehow it still feels like he has dirt under his nails. A moving score by Ludovico Einaudi, easily my favorite of the year, adds to the poetry of it all.
Most of the people Fern meets on the road in “Nomadland” are not actors, people who live this life on the road. (The only other known face is David Strathairn, perfect as a man Fern befriends.) Fern’s conversations and interactions have a natural, improvised quality that sustains the film.
These modern nomads tell stories of not wanting to die while their dreams of traveling the country are unfulfilled, share tips on how to live safely on the road, and support each other in ways that neighbors with traditional houses rarely do. “Nomadland” will be more than a fictional account of a fascinating woman, it also reminds us how many people there are with stories to tell and dreams that are not fulfilled. And yet she never wallows in pain or misery.
Of course, there is always sadness when hitchhiking. It could be McDormand’s way of laughing when he hears someone else talking about her lost loved one. She is probably thinking about her husband. And there is an interpretation of “Nomadland” which is the story of a woman who flees from pain, separated from society after everything she knew and disappeared. Some of that is true.
But it is also the story of so many Americans who today feel lost, unsure of where to go or what tomorrow will bring. The “Nomadland” images that seem like answers to the confusion and anxiety of 2020 are the images that contain so much beauty about the simplest things: the smile of a friend, a dip in a river, a friendly gesture from a stranger. We may not all be directly related to Fern’s struggles, but we can all feel that sense of unease and insecurity. Maybe we should hit the road.
Nomadland is a true story?
Based on Jessica Bruder’s 2017 non-fiction book Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century, it stars Frances McDormand (who also produced the film) as a woman who leaves her town to travel the American West.
Who broadcasts Nomadland?
“Nomadland” opens on Hulu and in theaters on February 19. The critically acclaimed film has been nominated for Best Picture at the 2021 Golden Globes. Hulu starts at $ 6 a month per stream with ads or $ 12 per month per stream without ads.
Is Nomadland on Amazon Prime?
Is Nomadland on Amazon Prime? ‘Nomadland’ is not yet part of Amazon Prime’s extensive collection of cinematic masterpieces.
Can you stream Nomadland in HULU?
Yes, Nomadland Available to stream February 19 on Hulu.
How can I see Nomadland?
You can watch “Nomadland” through Hulu on various streaming devices, including iOS and Android products, Apple TV, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Nintendo Switch, Roku, PlayStation, Xbox, web browser, and smart TVs.