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Nomadland

2021, drama

108 minutes

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.

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8.0

2021-05-05

It sits on that ‘worthy-but-dull’ list, alongside “Lincoln” and “Moonlight“: Movies that I can fully appreciate for their artistry but not for their entertainment value. Read more

9.0

2021-05-03

Zhao is as poetic a filmmaker as it gets, the closest to a John Ford figure we have today; and like that great American master, she knows where to find poetry in America, in its people and its panoramas. Read more

9.0

2021-03-17

With its unconventional filmmaking style, powerhouse lead performance, and wonderful technical achievements, it’s no wonder the film was nominated for six Oscars in the acting, directing, screenplay, and cinematography categories along with the big one for Best Picture. Read more

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2021-02-26

For Nomadland, that means Zhao and her team — including an as-good-as ever McDormand, meaning she is extremely good — traveled the country in vans for months, looking for the right faces and personalities to help tell the story. The result is something wholly original, empathetic, and beautiful in its own way. Read more

8.0

2021-02-22

It’s a study of restraint in its minimalism, almost stripped bare of frills in terms of special effects or unnecessary dialog, but done to great effect. Read more

9.0

2021-02-17

McDormand is perhaps the only perennial Oscar contender who could fit so seamlessly in this tapestry. Without an ounce of vanity or artifice, her performance allows this film to be one of resilience and promise. Given that Normadland is, in fact, the story of a penniless Sixtysomething widow who lives in a van, that is in itself a minor miracle. But that’s the film—a minor miracle. Read more

4.0

2021-01-29

There just isn’t enough going on, made more disappointing when no unforgettably potent (or even moderately sentimental) sequences arise to mark an indelible piece of filmmaking. Read more

8.0

2021-01-28

The haunting images linger. If you walk away bothered by it, the film will have hit its mark. Read more

8.0

2021-01-17

Inundated with affection, Nomadland goes into uncharted territories, and if there’s aridness in the landscape, then barely none of it inhabits the heart of these compassionate travelers. Read more

6.0

2020-11-27

Scaling her signature fervor way down, Frances McDormand melds into the intensity and fragility of Fern. In her performance, there is a steadiness to bear burdens, give witness, and provide empathy to fill canyons and vistas. Read more

8.0

2020-09-22

It’s a beautiful, sublime and remarkable piece of art that allows its filmmaker to emerge as a visually and intellectually unique author, who I am sure, you will rate as highly as I did. Read more

8.0

2020-09-11

Older Americans dwelling in their own vehicles travel the country in search of employment, in this poignant real-life drama based on the eponymous book. Read more

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7.5

2021-05-01

Het is een trage film die tijd besteed aan karakterontwikkeling, intieme conversaties en uiteindelijk gaat over het accepteren en loslaten van het verleden om zo verder te kunnen met je leven. Deze mooie boodschap zit subtiel verstopt achter de ogen van een gebroken Frances McDormand, die nooit teleurstelt met haar acteerprestatie. Read more

9.0

2021-04-30

Nomadland is een prachtig geschoten karakterstudie over zowel de vrijheid als rusteloosheid na de kredietcrisis. Read more

7.0

2021-04-25

Eigenlijk kun je weinig tegen de film Nomadland hebben, maar tegelijkertijd overtuigt de film niet genoeg. Gewoon een fijne film, die je een oase van rust geeft, mede door de geweldige filmmuziek. Read more

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