Nomadland ★★★★

The current favourite to win the Oscar this year covers the present day nomads in the US; living out of their vans, taking seasonal jobs, and meeting up at various gatherings. Frances McDormand plays Fern, a woman who has lost her husband and job, and with nothing else to do she sets out in her van across America. On the road she makes new friends, and find her place in a new life.

Nomadland feels like a mix between documentary and fiction, aided by the fact that many of the characters Fern meets are playing themselves. The dialogue hints of voiceover, sometimes cutting to beautiful images of the landscape, and this isn't necessarily bad. Where it lacks a classic dramatic curve, it instead gives you a space to reflect. And in the end, it manages to tie the story together beautifully.

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