Sam Meltzer’s review published on Letterboxd:
HIFF Film #2
Nomadland is a beauty. I’ve been excited for this one ever since I started hearing nothing but praise, and it definitely lives up to all the hype. This film is incredibly stunning. The screenplay explores a major theme and that is life. I ken that sounds cheesy but I visually perceived it differently here than in other films. How unexpected it is, your successes and struggles within it, and how it is constantly transmuting. That is the resplendency of life, and Nomadland deals with that core theme in so many astonishing ways. This film had some surprisingly relatable elements. The feelings Fern feels when she is solitary are ones that feel familiar. This is all assembled by another great Frances McDormand performance. She distributes a serene yet vigorous performance and carries the film wondrously. She integrates so many subtleties to her performance that makes this character all the more relatable. Chloé Zhao directed the absolute shit out of this, and I was exhaustively floored and impressed with what she did. Each shot is crafted with such comeliness and detail. . The cinematography brings a whole lot to this film, as it is facilely the best I’ve seen all year. I don’t know how each shot is so impeccably lit and looks so stunning. I do wish it was a tad longer, denoting that it could explore a few areas a biiiiiit more, but that's a mindless issue. As a whole, this met all of my anticipations, and all the love it’s getting is deserved.