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Stresses importance of friendship, connection, compassion, perseverance. Idea that life, no matter how difficult, is worth living resonates in the story. While nature offers beauty and sustenance, it can also be lonely and difficult to endure, so people shouldn't take it for granted, should be prepared to survive under harsh conditions. Grief is survivable, even if it never fully goes away.
Positive Role Models
Edee is grieving throughout the film and at certain points seems hopeless, even suicidal, but she slowly begins to see the value in living, in her surroundings, in making new connections. Miguel is kind, helpful, selfless.
Violence & Scariness
A bear paws at an outhouse while Edee is inside. It leaves but makes a lot of noise; later, it's obvious the bear ransacked her cabin and took (or destroyed) her food and supplies. Having trouble with the harsh conditions, Edee says "this isn't working" and puts a gun to her chin but doesn't pull the trigger. She's found unconscious, visibly blue/purple, with scarily chapped lips and on the brink of hypothermia and starvation. Others' violent or sudden deaths are discussed; grief is ever present in the film. Spoiler alert: A key character is revealed to be dying of cancer. Scenes of game hunting, including a brief moment when two characters skin a buck.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Edee remembers making love to her late husband; they're seen kissing, caressing, on a bed, but the scene focuses solely on their backs and faces. Two scenes of nonsexual partial nudity. Edee takes a bath, and her back, legs, and a quick glimpse of a breast are visible. In another scene, her breasts are revealed when she's unconscious and being undressed in order to be treated. Two characters hold hands and share lingering looks.
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Infrequent: "oh my God," "idiot," "damn," hell."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A character admits that his alcohol use may have contributed to an accident that killed his family. A woman has an IV attached, presumably for fluids.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Land is a quiet character study about grief, trauma, and isolation. Directed by and starring Robin Wright, it follows Edee (Wright), a melancholy lawyer who nearly dies while attempting to live off the grid. For reasons that are slowly explained in flashbacks, she doesn't seem all that interested in living, period. This is a sad, occasionally heartbreaking drama about resilience and connection in the face of seemingly insurmountable loneliness. There's a frightening bear attack, as well as scenes of game hunting (including a brief moment when two characters skin a buck). In one scene, Edee puts a gun to her chin, but she doesn't shoot. Conversations include references to violence and deaths, as well as suicidal ideation. Scenes of Edee being nursed back to health after suffering from hypothermia and starvation include nonsexual partial nudity; in another scene, she's briefly shown in the bath. Edee's connection with a local hunter named Miguel (Demián Bichir) borders on the romantic, but the movie's only love scene is shown in a flashback of Edee's memories. Language is infrequent and mild ("oh my God," "damn," "hell"). To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This quiet, surprisingly impactful drama is lovingly performed and directed by the talented Wright. If Nomadland is about a middle-aged woman's search for freedom on the road, Land is about a middle-aged woman's search for freedom of the soul. Both films star extraordinary actresses (Frances McDormand and Wright, respectively) and outstanding supporting actors (David Strathairn and Bichir) and are directed by women (Chloe Zhao and Wright). But whereas Zhao and McDormand tell an ultimately hopeful, happy tale about people in their 50s, 60s, and 70s dropping out of traditional 9-to-5 society to form their own nomadic hobo culture, Wright's story is a heartbreaking exploration of grief and stillness.
Another commonality with Nomadland is Land's kinship to Into the Wild, but for a different, and sadder, reason. Edee's time in the cabin is reminiscent of Christopher McCandless' time in the bus. They both think they know what they're doing, but nature can be cruel, forbidding, and dangerous. Once he's (literally) in the picture, Miguel infuses a gentle warmth and humor to his interactions with Edee. He never pushes her to reveal her secrets and is content to be in the present, whether it's teaching her how to quietly stalk a deer or humming and singing "Everybody Wants to Rule the World." This isn't just one quick sing-a-long of Tears for Fears' '80s hit; he continues to sing it in several scenes, and it becomes a heartwarming anthem for the two characters, even if their singing is out of tune. Edee and Miguel's slow-burning connection brims with romantic possibility, but their bond is so transformative that it doesn't need a label to be powerful -- much like the movie itself.
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