In her third feature film, director Chloe Zhao blurs reality with fiction in her film about real-life American nomads.
Equal parts documentary and fiction, Chloe Zhao’s genre-bending film “Nomadland” creates a raw portrait of people struggling to attain the American Dream amid the 2011 Recession.
“Nomadland” follows Fern (Frances McDormand) after the shutdown of the U.S. Gypsum’s company town, Empire, and the subsequent dislocation of its many inhabitants.
Ultimately, Chloe Zhao’s talent as a writer, director, and editor produced an emotionally evocative and visually stunning film.
Like her 2017 film “The Rider,” human relationships are at the center of Zhao’s “Nomadland.” The film is partly based on Jessica Bruder’s 2017 non-fiction novel of the same name, and although Fern’s character and experiences are fabricated, various real-life nomads mentioned in the book have cameos.