Nomadland: The “Old” Woman Who Lives in Her Way (No Spoilers)

Release date: 2021
Director: Chloé Zhao

Nomadland is a story about a senior woman who lives her life in her own way ––– on an RV. How simple. But the movie tells us that this is easier said than done. If you are convinced by the two easons why you should see this movie I lay out below, go ahead and give it a shot.

First, we have seen enough of young people’s stories in the media. It is time to listen to our seniors’ voices. In a highly-individualized society like the United States, being old does not naturally earn you more respect like in some other cultures. Instead, being old often means you are not as productive as you were. And this doesn’t seem right. The seniors indeed have a lot to offer to society and to young people. Nomadland is not a story that has some high morals to teach the audience. It just humbly depicts what a senior woman wants. Can you spare 100 minutes to listen to their voices?

Second, “old” women are seldom lovable and desirable characters in the media. Let’s face it. Older men, especially the rich ones, can be sexy, playful, and alluring, as depicted by the media. It is because being experienced and intelligent is part of men’s sexual attractiveness. The same does not apply to our perception of older women. Can we see the beauty of a brave, free woman through our protagonist, Fern, played by Frances McDormand?

If you have seen the movie already, let me know your thoughts!