Nomadland

  

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Via:  john-russell  •  one month ago  •  10 comments

Nomadland

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I wanted to watch Nomadland, a movie about mostly elderly , dispossessed individuals who live out of their vans in parts of America known as flyover country. In the film the main character travels from Nevada to Arizona and then South Dakota in search of transient work needed to provide her with the bare minimum income to sustain her life (style). None of the film takes place in a large city at all, in fact most of the film appears to have been shot in a desert or otherwise wide open region. 

Nomadland is nominated for numerous Academy Awards , including for Best Actress, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Cinematography. The director , a 39 year old Chinese film maker named Chloé Zhao is considered a heavy favorite to win the Oscar. 

Frances McDormand, arguably America's finest actress, is the central character, a woman in her early 60's who is (mostly) forced by economic conditions to live out of her van. When her husband dies and the sheet rock company where she worked closes and then the town itself disappears , Fern takes to the road landing a job as a seasonal worker at an Amazon warehouse. But the Christmas holidays are not a year round condition and she is unemployed and makes her way to an encampment in Arizona where everyone is in the same boat. The rest of the story shows us Fern's ups and downs as well of those of her fellow travelers in this melancholy existence, poor people who generally live alone and have at least an element of self-sufficiency , as tenuous as it may be. 

Everyone in this world seems to suffer from unspoken sadness though, there are few children , no entertainment to speak of  ( There are no tv screens and almost no computer screens in the movie) . Fern occasionally sings to herself. The only time we see her seeming to have fun is when she and a fellow nomad visit what appears to be a wildlife exhibit. 

Nomadland is an unsparing but ultimately forgiving look at the existence of people who have been passed by in our society, they are loners, eccentrics, losers I suppose, who choose to live their lives in a simple bare existence rather than accept charity housing. 

The ending , like the rest of the film, is neither happy or sad, we see the characters live their daily lives in a simple, unsparing fashion, much like the characters in The Grapes Of Wrath, which this film has been somewhat compared to.  Mc Dormand's Fern is in virtually every scene, and as with many of McDormand's characters, Fern seems resigned to live her life as someone trapped in constant low level sadness. 

Not a feel good movie, but I thought well worth the time. It should at least help to make people appreciate their own more comfortable circumstances more. 


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JohnRussell
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1  seeder  JohnRussell    one month ago
To some degree, “Nomadland” wishes to be settled — wants not necessarily to domesticate its heroine, but at least to bend her journey into a more-or-less predictable arc. At the same time, and in a fine Emersonian spirit, the movie rebels against its own conventional impulses, gravitating toward an idea of experience that is more complicated, more open-ended, more contradictory than what most American movies are willing to permit. ‘Nomadland’ Review: The Unsettled Americans - The New York Times (nytimes.com)
 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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2  Buzz of the Orient    one month ago

Looks like I won't get to watch the Oscars this year, thanks to Chloe Zhao.  I watched the trailers for Nomadland.  Funny thing is that before I decided to move to China I toyed with the idea of buying a small 2nd hand RV and travelling all through Canada and the USA on my own.

JR, I thought you considered Meryl Streep to be America's number one actress.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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2.1  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @2    one month ago

I still think Streep is the greatest American actress of the past 40 years. Frances McDormand deserves to be in the conversation though, imo. The only thing that detracts a little from Mc Dormand's greatness is that her characters sometimes seem similar.  By Hollywood standards she is not attractive, and I think that leads her to roles where she plays someone with interior weariness and dissatisfaction. 

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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2.1.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  JohnRussell @2.1    3 weeks ago

Not only did the movie you like get the prize, but so did the actress you like as well, for her part in that very movie.  Good choices, JR.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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2.2  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @2    one month ago
Looks like I won't get to watch the Oscars this year, thanks to Chloe Zhao.

Are you saying that because a Chinese director is nominated by the Oscars people the government will ban the show from Chinese tv ? 

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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2.2.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  JohnRussell @2.2    one month ago

No, I said it because the Chinese government has already instructed Chinese media to play down the Oscars because Chloe Zhao produced a documentary that was supportive of the Hong Kong protesters and made comments supportive of them.  As you know, China doesn't have a First Amendment.

 
 
 
321steve - realistically thinkin or Duu
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3  321steve - realistically thinkin or Duu     one month ago

Thanks John,

I hadn't heard of this movie. I think I'd really like it . It seems like it would remind me of my beloved dead grandmother. She also had a hard life but she was a bright spirit and an inspiration to many. Including me. I loved my grandma, she taught me to be changeable with the world around me, 

In contrast my own parents were unhappy whenever they encountered change. 

That contrast helped form my attitude of adaptation which has served me well. 

So, again Thanks John. 

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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3.1  seeder  JohnRussell  replied to  321steve - realistically thinkin or Duu @3    one month ago

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JohnRussell
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4  seeder  JohnRussell    one month ago

Chloé Zhao Becomes 1st Woman of Color to Win Top DGA Honor

Chloé Zhao’s “Nomadland” continued its tour of dominance through awards season Saturday night, when Zhao took top honors at the 73rd annual Directors Guild Association Awards.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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4.1  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  JohnRussell @4    one month ago

But not the first Chiinese director to win tha award - Ang Lee (Taiwanese) got it for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

 
 
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