R | | Drama
A woman in her sixties who, after losing everything in the Great Recession, embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad.
Linda May (Linda) was originally cast as the protagonist of the film. When Frances McDormand was brought on board, she initially tried to portray the character as Linda did, based on the main character in the book. However, Frances and director Chloe Zhao ended up deciding to base the lead character more around McDormand's own real-life personality.
You know, I think that what the nomads are doing is not that different than what the pioneers did. I think Fern's part of an American tradition.
At the Thanksgiving celebration in Mendocino, David Straithairn's character likens the wineglasses clinking, very clearly, to 'the bells of ACROsanti.' Both his pronunciation and the subtitle spelling agree. He is referring to, however, the bells of ARCOsanti.
$503,000 21 February 2021