Nomadland

Nomadland ★★★★★

“Home. Is it just a word, or is it something you carry within you?”

What a way to start off a new movie-watching year.

Chloé Zhao absolutely confirms her burgeoning reputation as one of our most creative and distinctive filmmakers, with a story which manages to be both incredibly intimate yet also expansively widescreen.

As she did with The Rider, Zhao infuses Nomadland with warmth and humanity, filling the screen with beautiful faces and places.

The use of Ludovico Einaudi for the score (I may listen to nothing else all week) is perfect, as is the performance from Frances McDormand - arguably as impressive and meaningful as anything she’s done in her wonderful career.

Nomadland is wholly cinematic and unique, and Chloé Zhao is an absolute treasure.

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