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A fascinating conundrum arises during Chloe Zhao’s NOMADLAND. In the director’s depiction of one woman’s solitary journey across America after the Great Recession subsequently shuts down her job and later, her entire town, the film straddles an interesting line between fiction and reality. Based off of a book by Jessica Bruder, Zhao conveys the tale of Fern (Frances McDormand) through a documentary-like lens, following her in her day-to-day travels and escapades as she cruises around the American wilds in her van-turned-home. …

Justin Norris

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