Nomadland

Nomadland

COMING SOON TO CINEMAS26 December 2020
Nomadland

Frances McDormand is Fern, a woman who loses everything in the Great Recession and embarks on a journey through the American West as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad. This is writer-director Chloe Zhao's follow-up to her critically-acclaimed The Rider (2017).

Based on the non-fiction book Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century by Jessica Bruder. As with her previous films, Zhao features non-actors in supporting roles. Nomadland is set to premiere at Venice Film Festival 2020.

2021Rating: TBC108 minsUSA
DramaFestival & Independent

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Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

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By juxtaposing beautiful vistas filled with promise, a rotted social safety net, and the scrappy itinerant workers navigating the space in between, Zhao generates a gradually swelling tension underneath her film’s somewhat placid surface.

IndieWire

IndieWire

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Nomadland relishes the nomads’ expansive universe, emphasizing the contrast between gaining freedom from society while feeling estranged at the same time.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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Zhao collaborates with a major-name actor for the first time in Nomadland, guiding Frances McDormand to a remarkable performance of melancholy gravitas, so rigorously unmannered she's indistinguishable from the real-life nomads with whom she shares the screen.

RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

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A movie that finds poetry in the story of a seemingly average woman. It is a gorgeous film that’s alternately dreamlike in the way it captures the beauty of this country and grounded in its story about the kind of person we don’t usually see in movies. I love everything about it.

Time Magazine

Time Magazine

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Nomadland isn’t a manifesto — there’s nothing dutifully somber about it. And although it doesn’t romanticize life on the road — for one thing, it shows that you need to be comfortable defecating in a bucket — joyousness is its chief characteristic. Like "The Rider," it’s a window into a specific world, with one key character as a guide.

Variety

Variety

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For those on Zhao’s wavelength, the movie is a marvel of empathy and introspection.

Screen Daily

Screen Daily

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It’s extraordinary how a work like Nomadland can hold a mirror to society and refract back to the audience the light of their own lives.

The Guardian

The Guardian

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Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland is an utterly inspired docu-fictional hybrid, like her previous feature The Rider. It is a gentle, compassionate, questioning film about the American soul.

5.0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

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The sheer compassion of Zhao's direction is one of the film's most elemental pleasures, while McDormand is one of those rare actors who can somehow make the act of listening as thrilling as a barnstorming speech.

5.0
Vulture

Vulture

press

Through these characters, Zhao is able to examine the idea of wide-open frontiers without nostalgia or the need to pathologize the parts of our social structures that are eroding or have failed.

Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

press

By juxtaposing beautiful vistas filled with promise, a rotted social safety net, and the scrappy itinerant workers navigating the space in between, Zhao generates a gradually swelling tension underneath her film’s somewhat placid surface.

IndieWire

IndieWire

press

Nomadland relishes the nomads’ expansive universe, emphasizing the contrast between gaining freedom from society while feeling estranged at the same time.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Zhao collaborates with a major-name actor for the first time in Nomadland, guiding Frances McDormand to a remarkable performance of melancholy gravitas, so rigorously unmannered she's indistinguishable from the real-life nomads with whom she shares the screen.

RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

press

A movie that finds poetry in the story of a seemingly average woman. It is a gorgeous film that’s alternately dreamlike in the way it captures the beauty of this country and grounded in its story about the kind of person we don’t usually see in movies. I love everything about it.

Time Magazine

Time Magazine

press

Nomadland isn’t a manifesto — there’s nothing dutifully somber about it. And although it doesn’t romanticize life on the road — for one thing, it shows that you need to be comfortable defecating in a bucket — joyousness is its chief characteristic. Like "The Rider," it’s a window into a specific world, with one key character as a guide.

Variety

Variety

press

For those on Zhao’s wavelength, the movie is a marvel of empathy and introspection.

Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

It’s extraordinary how a work like Nomadland can hold a mirror to society and refract back to the audience the light of their own lives.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland is an utterly inspired docu-fictional hybrid, like her previous feature The Rider. It is a gentle, compassionate, questioning film about the American soul.

5.0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

The sheer compassion of Zhao's direction is one of the film's most elemental pleasures, while McDormand is one of those rare actors who can somehow make the act of listening as thrilling as a barnstorming speech.

5.0
Vulture

Vulture

press

Through these characters, Zhao is able to examine the idea of wide-open frontiers without nostalgia or the need to pathologize the parts of our social structures that are eroding or have failed.

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