In this three-time Oscar-winning film Fern discovers the world as a modern nomad. In her beloved van she travels across the countryside of Nevada. During her journey she meets other nomads and both Fern and the viewer learn a little bit more about the world with each meeting.
In Nomadland Chloé Zhao gives a voice to a group that’s not often heard: nomads. Some choose this lifestyle, others simply can’t afford a house. This diverse group of people Fern meets, consists of mostly real-life nomads instead of conventional actors. By doing so Zhao honors her background in documentary filmmaking (The Rider and Songs My Brothers Taught Me). In these people Fern finds new ways to look at the world and makes some friends for life. At the same time it’s a strong critique on our capitalist society.
The landscape plays an important role too. Not only is it Fern’s home, but it also makes for a beautiful backdrop of the movie. The vast landschapes are brought to the viewer in all their glory and Zhao’s love for using natural light pays off in the stunning shots. In short it is a film that deserves to be seen on the big screen more than once.