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Nomadland (2020)

Updated: Jul 17, 2022

Projectionist's rating: 7/10

We longed to see a HOUSE FULL sign and tonight it happened, the first time since lockdown. Buoyed by the success of the evening, we joined together for our hybrid post film discussion.

Did Nomadland deserve to win an Oscar, being up against Minari, which we had seen a few weeks ago and other upcoming RCC movies? For some of us, it was a resounding yes. Chloe Zhao’s 2020 film was “a coherent piece of art”, reflecting themes of grief and loss. The quality of lighting, choice of locations and camera work were highlighted.

For others, the film wasn’t political enough, perhaps watering down the punchy messages of the original Jessica Bruder book about surviving America in the 21st century. As was pointed out, we all bring our own feelings to films. This was indicated when we discussed the final sequence and whether it meant Fern’s sense of loss was resolved or whether she was left with emptiness.

One member of the group talked about a friend who lived on the streets, despite being offered accommodation. He relished the freedom. We also reflected on what we need in life and what is important. The nomads showed warmth and support to others in their camp, but travelled as individuals. They were happy to meet some of their ‘tribe’, drift off and occasionally meet again down the road.

We all weren’t sure if we could deal with the nomadic way of life as something permanent. We appreciated Siobhan Daniels’ uplifting message to us about her lifestyle change and the circumstances that led to her selling up and touring the country in her campervan.

Our discussion leader finished by telling us that “It’s a wrap!” stood for ‘wind reel and print.’ Off we went home to our bricks and mortar houses.


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