Nomadland

a Film by Chloé Zhao. 

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In pre­vious films, Chloé Zhao alrea­dy revi­si­ted the myths of the American West with a sen­si­ti­ve rea­lism that was groun­ded in working with peop­le from real life. With NOMADLAND, a recent win­ner of the Golden Lion in Venice, she achie­ves an even grea­ter level of reso­nance, com­bi­ning indi­vi­du­al grief and the need for social rou­ti­nes with the idea of an ever-chan­ging fron­tier: this time it’s peop­le moving away from sett­le­ments, away from a cul­tu­re in decli­ne. We fol­low Frances McDormand in a sur­pri­sin­gly restrai­ned lead per­for­mance that is all the more ent­hral­ling as a result: Fern, a woman of around 60 who has deci­ded to live in a RV fol­lowing the death of her hus­band. She’s not homeless, she says, but houseless, refu­sing a cer­tain kind of sym­pa­thy. Most of the other cha­rac­ters, inclu­ding part-time workers and peop­le found unwor­thy by the sys­tem, are real. NOMADLAND shows a side of America rare­ly seen in cine­ma. We accom­pa­ny desti­tu­te peop­le working in are­as such as an Amazon packing sta­ti­on or in trai­ler parks in which the dro­pouts form sub­sti­tu­te com­mu­nities. Despite its sharp obser­va­to­ry eye, the film is not see­king to make accu­sa­ti­ons about the exces­ses of an ailing sys­tem. Zhao is more inte­res­ted in soli­da­ri­ty, about the sen­se of social sup­port bloo­m­ing on the edge of socie­ty. (Dominik Kamalzadeh)

Credits:

USA 2020, 108 Min., engl. OmU,
Regie: Chloé Zhao
Kamera: Joshua James Richards
Schnitt: Chloé Zhao
mit: Frances McDormand, David Strathairn, Linda May, Swankie, Bob Wells


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