Perri Nemiroff Reviews Nomadland

Written, directed and edited by Chloe Zhao, Nomadland made its world premiere at the 2020 Venice Film Festival, where it won the prestigious Golden Lion. The film follows Fern, played by Frances McDormand, as she becomes a nomad through life after the loss of her husband, her home and her community. YouTuber Perri Nemiroff along with critic and entertainment journalist Kristy Puchko share their thoughts on a different perspective of living the “American Dream.”

It’s not a movie with a plot … she doesn’t have an endgame … instead it allows you to live in this space … this also captures a side of American life that we don’t see very much and it does it with such intimacy and with such lack of judgment and lack of cynicism, I really felt like I was there.

The two praise the film's ability to capture Fern’s lifestyle in such detail and intimacy claiming it is really just about observing this character’s life and not so much trying to guide the audience’s thought process in a certain direction. They also find the film to be a different spin on what is considered to be the “American Dream.”

Challenging the American Dream. The American Dream has a built in fixed generally accepted end point. And the point of this is that, that doesn’t have to be your truth and your path in life.

In a beautiful character study, the character is dealing with a lot of loss and trauma, but pushes herself to keep going and keep moving forward, says the pair. Ironically, they feel the film parallels a strong emotional impact that is similar to situations many people are currently facing in today society with the world-wide pandemic and the continued acts of discrimination towards people of different racial, ethnic and gender backgrounds.

Both Nemiroff and Puchko give Nomadland a 4.5/5 Dewey’s on the Dewey deci-movie scale.

YouTuber Perri Nemiroff rates and reviews new movies on her channel weekly.