Image of movie Nomadland
Image of movie Nomadland
Image of movie Nomadland


Chloé Zhao
United States 2020
108 min

In previous films, Chloé Zhao already revisited the myths of the American West with a sensitive realism that was grounded in working with people from real life. With NOMADLAND, a recent winner of the Golden Lion in Venice, she achieves an even greater level of resonance, combining individual grief and the need for social routines with the idea of an ever-changing frontier: this time it's people moving away from settlements, away from a culture in decline. We follow Frances McDormand in a surprisingly restrained lead performance that is all the more enthralling as a result: Fern, a woman of around 60 who has decided to live in a RV following the death of her husband. She's not homeless, she says, but houseless, refusing a certain kind of sympathy. Most of the other characters, including part-time workers and people found unworthy by the system, are real. NOMADLAND shows a side of America rarely seen in cinema. We accompany destitute people working in areas such as an Amazon packing station or in trailer parks in which the dropouts form substitute communities. Despite its sharp observatory eye, the film is not seeking to make accusations about the excesses of an ailing system. Zhao is more interested in solidarity, about the sense of social support blooming on the edge of society. (Dominik Kamalzadeh)

Chloé Zhao: POST (2008, K), THE ATLAS MOUNTAINS (2009, K), DAUGHTERS (2010, K), BENACHIN (2011, K), SONGS MY BROTHERS TAUGHT ME (2015), THE RIDER (2017)

  • Frances McDormand - Fern
  • David Strathairn - David
  • Linda May
  • Charlene Swankie
  • Bob Wells
  • David Strathairn - Dave
  • Chloé Zhao
  • Joshua James Richards
  • Chloé Zhao
  • Ludovico Einaudi
  • Joshua James Richards
  • Hannah Peterson
Highwayman Films, Hear/Say Productions, Cor Cordium Production

Searchlight Pictures

The Walt Disney Company
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