The Powerful Melancholy of ‘Nomadland’

But Chloe Zhao’s film doesn’t tell us how to feel

Mar 9 · 4 min read

By Todd Hill

Frances McDormand and David Strathairn share a quiet moment in the Badlands of South Dakota in “Nomadland,” directed by Chloe Zhao. Photo courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures

(4 stars out of 5)

Some people say everything happens for a reason, and of course that’s literally true, although that’s not really what they’re getting at.