Sailboats and Swallows: Loss, Grief, and Meaning in NOMADLAND

For many of us, this film arrives just when we needed it.

Eleri Denham
Feb 28 · 8 min read
Fern, played by Frances McDormand, stands in the desert in a frame from ‘Nomadland’
Frances McDormand / Courtesy of Searchlight Pictures

I just watched Nomadland.

And, well — wow.

I knew, from the moment the end credits started rolling, I had to write about it. It’s that kind of movie.