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Don’t look for Nomadland on a map, because you won’t find it. It’s not a place, it’s more a state of mind, a way of thinking about life. You find it on the road, out on the highway—and by trading your house and your home for an RV, a camper or a van. The “nomads” in this gorgeously contemplative portrait of outlier America, based on a 2017 nonfiction book by Jessica Bruder , move from place to place, from town to town or state to state, and job to job, casting away many of the markers of traditional society, by choice or necessity. In some cases, it’s society that’s cast them away—or at least forced them to move along. Nomadland Starring Frances McDormand Directed by Chloé Zhao R Limited virtual release Dec. 4, 2020 (wide release Feb. 2021) Frances McDormand stars as Fern, whom we meet at the opening of the film, set in 2011, as a displaced widowed worker in the factory town of Empire, Nevada. When the gypsum mine and sheetrock operation there shuts down after an 88-year run, she loses her job, her subsidized house, her income and her reason for staying. So on a cold December afternoon, she grabs a few things out of a storage facility and hits the road. In her unheated van, retro-rigged for basic living with a pallet for sleeping and a hot plate for cooking, she begins an odyssey that takes her across the Southwest to a variety of parking […]