Terry Hunter reviews NOMADLAND

For many months, NOMADLAND (which is at last streaming on Hulu) has been earning rave reviews from the nation’s critics and is expected to earn an Oscar nomination for Best Picture. The movie stars Oscar winning actress Frances McDormand as a jobless widow forced to live in an old van, driving around the American west looking for seasonal work. Written, directed and edited by Chloe Zhou, NOMADLAND is a unique and realistic depiction of the lives of aging, often lonely nomads. What makes NOMADLAND unique is that while Frances McDormand as Fern is a fictional character, most of the other people Fern meets are non professionals—real people playing versions of themselves. The harsh reality of this lifestyle is ever present: frigid nights in the unheated van, vehicle breakdowns and more, but there is also the beauty of the road and friendships with other nomads. NOMADLAND is a melancholy film about neglected people who bravely face an uncertain future, making the best of their tough situations.

Terry Hunter reviews NOMADLAND