After losing everything in the Great Recession, a woman embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad.
Director: Chloé Zhao
Writer: Jessica Bruder (based on the book by), Chloé Zhao (written for the screen by)
Actors: Frances McDormand, Gay DeForest, Patricia Grier, Linda May
Release Year: 2021
Scott Hardie: “It ruled.”
What I heard about this movie in advance was accurate: It's light on plot, mostly a sad character study of a widow surviving a nomadic life in her van, with a strong naturalistic performance by Frances McDormand and some breathtaking shots of the American southwest. The movie didn't affect me terribly deeply, because its insights didn't seem especially deep—yep, nomads sure do have a hard life, and yep, that woman sure does value her independence and miss her husband—but it's a well-made thing of beauty and a pleasure simply to take in.
Evie Totty: Cool! It's already on my shortlist. Thanks! − March 4, 2021 more by Evie