The new teaser for Nomadland doesn’t offer much in the way of plot, but it does capture the film’s distinct vibe. It comprises a single shot of Fern walking through a campground filled with RVs and vans as the sun fades below the mountains in the distance. At one point, Linda calls over to Fern, inviting her to join a group sitting around a campfire, but Fern declines and continues to wander through the expanse. … [Read more...] about Frances McDormand Heads West in New ‘Nomadland’ Teaser
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A cast and crew of just 25 people spent five months traveling across seven states and became like “an organism,” McDormand said. “It worked really tight; everybody crossed department lines whenever something was needed, and the work got done. Because of that, we were able to move very swiftly and improvisationally when necessary and live in the community of the van dwellers in a way that wasn’t disruptive but cohesive.” Several real-life van dwellers appear in the film. … [Read more...] about ‘Nomadland’: Frances McDormand & Chloe Zhao On Being Docents For The Van-Dwelling Community – Venice
The women among them tend toward a polite gentleness, an acceptance of things that’s often flecked with rays of optimism and folksy humor. By contrast, a fair number of the men seem to favor little raps or self-illuminating stories they’ve likely refined over the months and years. For many, living with little money and no prospects on the road and at RV parks has become a way of life; they are, as one puts it, like “work horses out to pasture.” This is a fluid community of old Vietnam War vets with PTSD, readers of Dr. Jack Kervorkian’s book on how to do yourself in, people with no prospects, and generous souls who invite any and all to their tables. … [Read more...] about Film Review: Chloé Zhao’s ‘Nomadland’ Starring Frances McDormand
For sheer heart, I loved Penguin Bloom, world premiering at TIFF, with an outstanding performance from Naomi Watts that with the right push from the right distributor, could land her a third lead actress Oscar nod, and her first since 2012’s The Impossible, in which she played a wife and mother whose vacation in Thailand turned tragic when a major typhoon hit the country. In this true story, just like that one, Watts plays a wife and mother whose vacation in Thailand turns tragic when she falls from a rickety roof railing and becomes paralyzed (maybe Watts ought to stay out of Thailand). The highly athletic Sam Bloom begins an excruciating journey back to some normality of life with the help of an injured Magpie bird that comes into hers and her family’s life at just the right time. The Walking Dead’s Andrew Lincoln plays the husband. The bird is brilliant by the way, and the movie is heartwarming, humane, and a life-affirming story that is much needed right now. … [Read more...] about Oscars: Fall Film Fest Circuit Aims To Promote Early Contenders McDormand, Winslet, Hopkins, King, And More – But Is It Just Too Damn Early?
Frances McDormand plays a disenfranchised widow from a collapsed Nevada mining town who finds new life on the road in Chloé Zhao's haunting third feature. In her two previous features, Songs My Brother Taught Me and The Rider, Chloé Zhao established a spiritual connection to the American West, with its immense skies and wide-open landscapes that speak equally of desolate solitude and of freedom. Working primarily with nonprofessional actors playing versions of themselves, she specializes in stories carved into the bones of her characters, their communities and the remotes spaces they inhabit. Zhao collaborates with a major-name actor for the first time in Nomadland, guiding Frances McDormand to a remarkable performance of melancholy gravitas, so rigorously unmannered she's indistinguishable from the real-life nomads with whom she shares the screen. … [Read more...] about ‘Nomadland’: Film Review | Venice 2020