Nomadland ★★★★½

Frances McDormand gives one of the best performances I've seen all year in this movie. The entire film is complex feelings laid out in a realistic, lived in world.

Fern is an extremely captivating character. She's silently dealing with the loss of not only her husband, but her community as well. She seems to adopt the nomad lifestyle out of necessity and uses it to seek the communal connection she's lost. It makes the moments where she's offered shelter (or, at one point, even a dog) and politely declines feel weighted and powerful. Is it because she is still dealing with her grief and loss of identity and community? Is she keeping people (and animals) at a distance to prevent future loss? Nomadland leaves so much to ponder and it does so through a truly remarkable and subtle performance by McDormand.

Really impressed.

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