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How the Frances McDormand drama ‘Nomadland’ defies Hollywood ageism – NBC News

American movies usually don’t spotlight the experiences of average women in their 60s. Chloé Zhao’s celebrated road drama is a notable exception.

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Nomadland, Chloé Zhaos portrait of the itinerant life, explores themes that are typically ignored by mainstream narrative movies. How often does Hollywood survey the scars of the Great Recession, the fragility of the gig economy or the gaps in the social safety net?
But it is almost as unusual to see an American movie centered on an ordinary older woman, according to film historians and gender equity advocates in this case, a fiercely independent wanderer named Fern, played by Oscar-winning actor…

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