Adding on to the realism of casting those who live a nomadic lifestyle in her movie, Zhao’s picture is based on nonfiction book Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century by Jessica Bruder, which digs into the reality of many older Americans, out of work and unable to afford a place to live, who roam across the country in an unofficial workforce and face an unimaginably harsh reality.
It’s not all doom and gloom — there are moments of connection, of shared humanity, and even joy. But Zhao and McDormand clearly do not intend us to forget the plight of their subjects, or the circumstances that allowed this to happen.
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