- France McDormand
- May 21st 2021
- Chloe Zao
Chloe Zhao became the second female Best Director Oscar winner recently for her third movie Nomadland.
Following on from its success at the Oscars, where it won three prizes including Best Picture, Nomadland has finally got a release in the U.K.
The film stars Frances McDormand as Fern, a fictional widow in her sixties who finds a new life on the road as a nomad, moving around the American West finding work in her van, after she loses her job and home as a result of the US Gypsum plant in Empire, Nevada shutting down in 2011.
Nomadland depicts a year in the life of a van-dweller, with Fern’s seasonal job at Amazon over the Christmas holidays serving as bookends of the story.
The film is rather slow and there’s not much of a plot, so it won’t appeal to everybody, but there’s a lot to like about it – Chloe Zhao, who became the second female Best Director Oscar winner recently, has created a moving, intimate and deeply human portrait of nomadic life and you can’t help but get invested in Fern and her fellow ageing nomads.