I could finally watch Nomadland for the first time after it won the best picture of Academy award. The title “nomadland” reminds me that it is the word that we should think of again from different perspectives especially in this collapsed capitalism era. Maybe we are living in the end of capitalism world. There are so many bullshit jobs and meaningless ways of life depending on capitalism. People or families are divided into tiny pieces enough to enrich company’s benefits as much as possible, and more people are connected online, physically people were more disconnected. Such a disappointing world we live, sometimes I feel. The world became so complicated that nobody wants to live anymore.
Therefore, the title of it “Nomadland” really intrigued me. No idea I had about the information before watching it, the movie was exactly the movie I imagined. It was kind of an “Easy Rider” 2021 revised ver. as depressing but hopeful way. The both were road movies, in which you feel like you are able to see the real America. A woman in her 60s, after losing everything in the Great Recession in 2008, embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad.
Bob: One of the things I love most about this life is that there’s no final goodbye. You know, I’ve met hundreds of people out here and I don’t even say a final goodbye. I always just say, “I’ll see you down the road.” And I do. And whether it’s a month, or a year, or sometimes years, I see them again.A favorite quote from Nomadland
This film doesn’t seem to have an actual plot or storyline. We will watch the circle of Fern (the protagonist)’s life. The circle that seems to continue forever, but really fragile. The vans many characters use would be symbols of their lives. One of the character describes Fern’s van as “Ratty”, and she really got upset, that is because she thought the van is the same to her. The old van which had weathered bumpy roads must be a metaphor of her life. It is easier driving with vans than driving with motorbike though, something is uneasy in today’s world, that is what I could see thanks to the movie.