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Nomadland (2020)

R | | Drama | 19 February 2021 (USA)
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After losing everything in the Great Recession, a woman embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad.


Chloé Zhao


Jessica Bruder (based on the book by), Chloé Zhao (written for the screen by)
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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

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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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Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century.



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

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Based on the non-fiction book "Nomadland" by Jessica Bruder. See more »


Dolly: You know, I think that what the nomads are doing is not that different than what the pioneers did. I think Fern's part of an American tradition.
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Drifting Away I Go
Written and Performed by Cat Clifford
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Is it really a choice?
6 February 2021 | by fforselSee all my reviews

So this is what happens when your American Dream fails. Living in a society without proper healthcare and social security systems. I was appalled by how the ideas of freedom and free will were being misused in order to cover up how American society has failed. Is it really a choice to be a nomad or is it simply the only option left after you lose your job, can't live off your pension and don't have a place to call home? Adding the obvious unprocessed trauma of losing a husband, losing a home and a community. To me Fern was a restless soul not because she made a choice. But because life happened without any safety nets .

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Release Date:

19 February 2021 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Arizona, USA See more »


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Opening Weekend USA:

$503,000, 21 February 2021

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2.39 : 1
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