• Jack Aling

Nomadland - Review (London Film Festival 2020)

See You Down the Road. 4.5 / 5



Directed by Chloé Zhao.

A woman in her sixties embarks on a journey through the Western United States after losing everything in the Great Recession, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad.

A soothing ride through Midwest America, Nomadland is an affectionately told story of independence set against the backdrop of vast and beautifully shot landscapes.

I am not a stranger to nomadism, but to see a film that focuses on the community of strangers and friends that you make along the way is so comforting to watch - to know that you are never really alone no matter where you are.

Frances McDormand gives such a profound performance as Fern who has been on the road and wandering from place to place ever since her husband's death and her town was taken off the map due to the recession. Chloé Zhao writes, directs, and even edits such a personal film that provides a peaceful experience that you just want to live inside. The score by Ludovico Einaudi really brings it all together elevating the emotion.

Using a cast of non-actors and basing much of the film on their experiences, Nomadland is a reminder to not waste your time, to see the world, and to keep moving forward.

London Film Festival 2020: Ranked.

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