Directed by Chloé Zhao. With Frances McDormand, David Strathairn, Linda May, Gay DeForest. A woman in her sixties, after losing everything in the Great Recession, embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad.
I can certainly see why this won the 2021 Academy Award for Best picture, it’s beautifully shot, well scripted, and well acted. It’s terrifying set on a true story, though I’m not sure that’s even the right word to describe exactly how I feel about the film. I lived through that same great recession and it was only by sheer luck that I was able to weather the situation in my middle class job with a retirement fund that I had just started putting money into. Lots of the people featured in Nomadland were at the end of their retirement fund journey and watched the whole thing just evaporate into nothing.
Check it out, then read the article that serves as the basis for the setting.