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February 19, 2021
The great recession didn't just eliminate jobs, it also erased an entire town. Six months after U.S. Gypsum closed its doors in Empire, Nevada, a company town since 1948, its zip code was retired and its inhabitants forced to leave. It's this brief history that opens Chloe Zhao's extraordinary “ Nomadland,” which follows one of those residents, Frances McDormand's Fern, on a journey through the American West to nowhere in particular.
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