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Nomadland (2020)

R | | Drama | 4 December 2020 (USA)
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Releases December 4, 2020
Follows a woman in her sixties who, after losing everything in the Great Recession, embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad.


Chloé Zhao


Jessica Bruder (book), Chloé Zhao (screenplay by)
557 ( 123)
11 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Frances McDormand ... Fern
Gay DeForest Gay DeForest ... Gay
Patricia Grier Patricia Grier ... Patty
Linda May Linda May ... Linda
Angela Reyes Angela Reyes ... Angela
Carl R. Hughes Carl R. Hughes ... Carl
Douglas G. Soul Douglas G. Soul ... Doug
Ryan Aquino Ryan Aquino ... Ryan
Teresa Buchanan Teresa Buchanan ... Teresa
Karie Lynn McDermott Wilder Karie Lynn McDermott Wilder ... Karie
Brandy Wilber Brandy Wilber ... Brandy
Makenzie Etcheverry Makenzie Etcheverry ... Makenzie
Bob Wells Bob Wells ... Bob
Annette Webb Annette Webb ... Annette
Rachel Bannon Rachel Bannon ... Rachel


Following the economic collapse of a company town in rural Nevada, Fern (Frances McDormand) packs her van and sets off on the road exploring a life outside of conventional society as a modern-day nomad. The third feature film from director Chloé Zhao, NOMADLAND features real nomads Linda May, Swankie and Bob Wells as Fern's mentors and comrades in her exploration through the vast landscape of the American West. Written by Searchlight Pictures

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Rated R for some full nudity. | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


Frances McDormand blended in so well into the nomadic community, that one of the local Targets offered her an application for a job. Frances' experience of living in a van took four to five months, covering seven states. She adopted a lifestyle of being constantly on the move to make the movie seem more authentic, rather than just acting the scenes. See more »


Fern: We be the bitches of the badlands.
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References The Avengers (2012) See more »


Einaudi: Low Mist (Day 7)
Written by Ludovico Einaudi
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Beautiful, moving masterpiece.
13 September 2020 | by evanhorn-97618See all my reviews

I don't think a movie has ever made me feel this way. The entire thing felt like such a warm hug, it was so welcoming and comfortable. Yet, I found tears streaming down my face during times that weren't even particularly sad. One of the most beautiful, intimate, moving films I've ever seen and I felt disappointed when the credits started to roll because I didn't want it to be over.

I feel like I experienced everything: made new friends and new memories. I feel like I know everything about Fern and witnessed an entire lifetime in a 2 hour long film. Frances Mcdormand gives an absolute powerhouse of a performance (which comes as a surprise to no one). This movie deserves every award.

Thank you Chloé Zhao, thank you for making this movie.

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