Now available on streaming services, and I believe in some movie theaters, is the film Nomadland. The film will be available on Blu-ray and DVD April 27, 2021.
Nomadland stars Frances McDermand, Peter Spears, Mollye Asher, Dan Janvey and Chloé Zhao.
The film has earned several nominations at the 93rd Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actress for McDormand. The film has already won Best Motion Picture – Drama and Best Director at the 78th Golden Globe Awards.
I have to admit, the film looked like something I most likely would have scrolled past if I saw it on one of the streaming services that we have. It was my husband that turned me on to the movie. He watched it a while back on Hulu.
My husband has a lot of “downtime” at his job, so he watches a lot of movies and reads a lot of books. One of the movies he watched was Nomadland. He’s not even sure why he watched it either. There was something about the description that interested him.
Normally my husband doesn’t tell me much about the movies he watches at work, with the exception of saying “I watched this horrible movie called xxx,” and leave it at that. Every now and then he finds a film he absolutely loves, and he will go on to tell me all about it. Nomadland was one of those films. He really loves the film. When I told him I received a code so that I could watch the film to do a review, he was more than happy to watch the movie again with me.
Nomadland is the story about a woman named Fern (McDormand). She worked at a gypsum plant in Nevada. She worked there along with her husband. Within months the town they reside in turns into a ghost town of sorts. Most residents worked at the plant, and without jobs they have no money, so they have to move away to find work. With the towns folk moving away, businesses close up shop too.
To make matters worse, Fern also becomes a widow during this “down” period in her life.
Fern decides to liquidate her assets, and purchase a van. She then heads off in search of work. She also ends up living in her van.
To Fern’s surprise, there are a lot of people who chose to live a nomadic life, traveling around the country picking up jobs here and there, and living out of their vans or campers. These nomads also get together from time to time to hang out, make new friends, meet old friends, and to swap stories from the road, including survival and self-sufficiency skills for living on the road.
Fern attends one of these gatherings, and learns a lot from fellow nomads. She also makes some friends.
Taking what she learns from others, Fern sets out on an amazing adventure, traveling from place to place, picking up jobs here and there, and learning from life lessons.
Will Fern continue to lead a nomadic lifestyle, or will she finally find a place to settle and call “home” again? To find you, you need to rent or purchase Nomadland. Look for it on most streaming platforms. You can also wait to purchase the title on Blu-ray or DVD on April 27, 2021.
Once again I’ll say that if I saw this film whilst scrolling through movies, I’d probably overlook it based on the movie poster and description – HOWEVER – now that I have seen the film, I can see why my husband enjoys it so much. I am so glad that I watched this film. It doesn’t surprise me one bit that it’s up for a lot of awards.
McDormand is outstanding as the role of Fern. There are a lot of wonderful actresses out there, but it’s as if the role of Fern was written with McDormand in mind. It wouldn’t surprise me one bit if she wins the Best Actress award at the Oscars this year. Although I have not seen the other movies in the Best Actress category, I still think that McDormand deserves it.
Many of the nomads in this film are NOT actors. They are real life nomads. I love that the film makers opted to use people who really live the nomadic life instead of actors and actresses to fill the roles. I think that gives the film a more authentic feel to it.
To be honest, watching the film does give the nomadic lifestyle some appeal. I don’t know if I could ever do it (we have six cats, two dwarf African aquatic frogs and a giant Goldfish), but it would be fun to do for a few months, just to see where the road takes you. I have always thought traveling across country in a camper would be a lot of fun, and an eye opening experience. I would very much love to travel all over the United States and Canada. Seeing this movie only gave me more of a sense of wanderlust.
This film is not all “sunshine and rainbows.” Not at all! The film can be gloomy and dreary at times (and depressing). But it’s well balanced with fun times and spectacular scenery.
If you are looking for a different kind of a film to watch, check out Nomadland.
I did find a page for the film on the Spotlight Pictures website. They are the studio that put out this film. You can find that page here.
Below is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment.
*I received a free screener in order to review this film. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.