When she loses her job and her husband, Fern decides to transform a van into a camper and start living on the road like a modern nomad. She travels from place to place to do seasonal work, explore different landscapes and environments and meet new people. Ferns way of living echoes the lives of day labourers following railway constructions, the gold diggers of the nineteenth century. She considers herself a pioneer, but her way of living also has its downsides and can be very lonely.
"This film is a group portrait and a portrait of the times, brought off with exceptional intelligence and style. There is real greatness in Chloé Zhao’s film-making." - ***** The Guardian
"NOMADLAND is patient, compassionate and open, motivated by an impulse to wander and observe rather than to judge or explain." - The New York Times
"It’s hard to describe the mixture of sadness, wonder and gratitude that you feel in their company — in Fern’s company, and through her eyes and ears. It’s like discovering a new country, one you may want to visit more than once." - The New York Times