USA | 2020 | dir. Chloé Zhao, with Frances McDormand and David Strathairn | in English cert 15A
Winning the Oscar for best picture and best directing, Chloé Zhao’s engrossing and humane film Nomadland also won its lead Frances McDormand the award for best actress at this years Academy Awards.
Fern (Frances McDormand) is a woman in her sixties who has lost everything – her money to the recession and her beloved husband to an early death. Kitting out a van as a home and following temporary work from place to place, she embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a modern-day nomad. This elegiac drama depicting the subcultures in the US’ western wildlands is an adaptation of the non-fiction book by Jessica Bruder, Nomadland: Surviving America in the 21st Century.