Nomadland ★★★★

A film deeply enmeshed in the beauty of humanity, perpetually floating in the transitional spaces that define our growth and necessitate a constant push forward in life. It takes an incredibly skilled hand like Zhao's to live in those moments so serenely and lovingly, while also giving due weight to the grief and loss that is wrapped up in the lifestyles displayed on screen. Understandably, the character arc we follow isn't quite as defined or satisfying as something like The Rider, but there's something strikingly compelling about the fleeting interactions and quiet moments of tranquility that ebb and flow throughout. McDormand, Joshua James Richards, and Ludovico Einaudi are all on the tops of their game here, and Zhao brings it together. The film is a testament to the strength of the human spirit, inquisitive about what makes people tick and hopeful that we'll all pull through in the end.


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