'Nomadland' Starring Frances McDormand: Sink or Stream?

Will we let this story of loss and perseverance sink, or will we choose to embrace "Nomadland" and stream for all to see?

Jesse Conner

By Jesse Conner

Nomadland: Sink or Stream?

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February 19, 2021

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Some have said home is where your heart is. That certainly rings true in "Nomadland." The film continues to win award after award. Director Chloe Zhao is now the second woman to ever earn the top prize at the DGA Awards after last weekend. Additionally, "Nomadland" won four BAFTA awards this past weekend - Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Actress.

Based on the 2017 non-fiction novel of the same name by Jessica Bruder, "Nomadland." It follows Fern (Frances McDormand) after she experiences some life-changing hardships that lead her to uproot her life and take off on the road. She'll see a lot of new sights and meet a lot of new people on her expedition. Now she'll be living the life of a nomad.

Now, before you decide whether or not to take the road less traveled with her, we wanted to let you know if you should sink this flick or stream it.

Reasons to Sink

© Searchlight Pictures / Courtesy Everett Collection

© Searchlight Pictures / Courtesy Everett Collection

  • For anyone who has been affected by the Great Recession or have loved ones who were affected, it may be depressing at times. This is a cinematic depiction of how various people were forced to live during that time period.
  • Due to the nature of the film, we see the lives day in and day out of these nomads. This mainly consists of them having conversations amongst each other and changing locations every so often. So, it can make the film feel somewhat static in various scenes.

Reasons to Stream

© Searchlight Pictures / Courtesy Everett Collection

© Searchlight Pictures / Courtesy Everett Collection

  • Director Chloé Zhao takes the spotlight and shines it on a somewhat neglected group of people who live outside of society. But, she does it in a way that shows the true beauty of this community and what they stand for. They take in life for everything that it is.
  • Frances McDormand and David Strathairn give audiences very real, true to life performances acting alongside various other cast members, who are actual nomads. This shepherds such authenticity in the sincerest form.
  • The cinematography is beautiful, with an enumeration of contrasting, breathtaking settings that audiences are able to behold as they take this journey with Fern.

Sink or Stream?

So, we've reached a consensus as to whether you should sink or stream this, and we've decided that you should stream it!

We need to give credit where credit is due, and that credit goes to director Chloé Zhao for giving a voice for a group of people who are often overlooked that deserve to have their story told.

We also need to compliment Frances McDormand for her incredibly genuine and raw execution of her character Fern, who faces a high level of adversity throughout the film.

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Jesse Conner

Jesse is a writer and content manager for Noovie. When he's not working, he's on the beach playing volleyball.

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