Director: Chloé Zhao
Year Released: 2020
Following the subprime mortgage crisis and the passing of her husband, Fern (Frances McDormand) gets an RV (which she named "Vanguard") to live out of and travels from place to place in the U.S. as a migrant worker (she welds! she packs boxes! she cleans bathrooms!). As wonderful as the cinematography (by Joshua James Richards) is and how dominant McDormand's performance is, it's a purely surface-level lament for the disenfranchised: she walks around looking forlorn talking to non-actors about their woes, with each of them having some sob story as to why they're nomads too (sometimes it feels like it should have just been a documentary). It has every opportunity to slap the Capitalist system around - Fern even works at Amazon and only says "the pay's good," thereby letting Bezos the modern day slave master off the hook - but it doesn't have the nerve.