One of the best films of 2020, a year that after viewing those in competition could easily lead one (as noted by a late night TV host) to take a bath with a toaster.

I don’t recall a year with more depressing productions, but it was 2020.

It’s been released by Searchlight – is this the first under Disney?

Meticulously acted and directed, and gorgeously photographed by Joshua Richards, it’s a film worth viewing as long as depression isn’t setting in.

I believe it just won some Union Station awards.

Image – 5

Audio – 5 (DTS-HD MA 5.1)

Pass / Fail – Pass


Highly Recommended

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I didn't feel anything depressing about the film. I just felt, well that song from "A Chorus Line" comes to mind: "Nothing." I agreed with a reviewer who wrote that in this film "nobody ever gets angry, raises their voice or votes for Donald Trump. They don't even say swears. Zhao has made 'The Grapes of Wrath' without the wrath. It's the nicest film about homelessness you'll ever see."

"The Grapes of Wrath" -- now there's a movie.
 

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Possibly I’m viewing too many films. Possibly an uplifting ending, but what these poor people are forced to endure while trying to survive...
I haven’t seen this movie, but friends of mine who have seen it, told me watching this morning was a chore despite the fine acting performance.
 

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I didn't feel anything depressing about the film. I just felt, well that song from "A Chorus Line" comes to mind: "Nothing." I agreed with a reviewer who wrote that in this film "nobody ever gets angry, raises their voice or votes for Donald Trump. They don't even say swears. Zhao has made 'The Grapes of Wrath' without the wrath. It's the nicest film about homelessness you'll ever see."

"The Grapes of Wrath" -- now there's a movie.
Please, there is no reason to reference a political figure. Any further such posts will be deleted.
 

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...sigh...

I changed what you deem to be unwanted to the same intent of the reviews author.
 

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Ironically, what you wrote above is exactly why Nomadland is a very flawed movie. It won't discuss the reasons these people's lives are they way they are. "The nicest film about homelessness you'll ever see," in other words.
 
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Ironically, what you wrote above is exactly why Nomadland is a very flawed movie. It won't discuss the reasons these people's lives are they way they are. "The nicest film about homelessness you'll ever see," in other words.
Had the gypsum plant not closed...
 

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I haven’t seen this movie, but friends of mine who have seen it, told me watching this morning was a chore despite the fine acting performance.
I didn’t necessarily think it was depressing per se, but it was pretty slow, dull and just kind of “meh”. And I’ve seen it twice now.

Thoroughly average in my opinion. I just didn’t connect with it.
 

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Zhao has made 'The Grapes of Wrath' without the wrath. "The Grapes of Wrath" -- now there's a movie.
Since The Grapes Of Wrath is one of the most shameless pieces of twaddle I've ever seen, it sounds like I'm going to love Nomadland. The blu ray arrived in yesterday's mail and I'll get to it in the next couple of days.
 

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Very well-made movie, but yeah, I wanted to slit my wrists after having watched it.
 
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“No good movie is depressing. All bad ones are.” - Roger Ebert

P.S. - Nomadland is hopeful through and through. Not a downer by any means.

P.P.S - McDormand’s character in the movie is not “forced to endure” anything. The movie makes it clear that this is the life she chooses to live.
 

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It's a very American movie in the sense that it's about the need to move on that pushed the pioneers to uproot themselves and travel to unknown places. Hardship and camaraderie is part of their lives. I think of a wagon train pushing West. And their lives go on exactly as they wish to live them. Nothing depressing or hopeless about the feeling of freedom.
 

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Since The Grapes Of Wrath is one of the most shameless pieces of twaddle I've ever seen, it sounds like I'm going to love Nomadland. The blu ray arrived in yesterday's mail and I'll get to it in the next couple of days.
One of my favorite movies of all-time, but it doesn't bother me one bit that you hate it as I'm sure there are some movies you love that I despised.:D