The Florida Project

The Florida Project

Sean Baker (2017)

107min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
The tourist hot-spot of Orlando, Florida, also hosts numerous low-cost motels where this slice-of-life drama unfolds. Bria Vinaite's tattooed, sometime dancer and 20-something single mum is just about managing, while her six-year-old daughter (the amazing Brooklynn Prince, in a star-making debut) has the run of the place with her wee pals, whose families face similar circumstances. Director Sean Baker - noted for the indie hit Tangerine that was shot on his iPhone, but working on a larger canvas here - follows the kids' everyday mischief in a captivating portrait of childhood innocence. As the motel's kindly manager Willem Dafoe can't help but notice however, Vinaite's increasingly desperate measures to provide for her daughter may prompt trouble with the authorities. The tension between childhood and adult worlds proves ominously compelling, until Baker delivers a finale of overwhelming emotional intensity, sharpened by the story's close proximity to the dreamland of Walt Disney World. Its potent combination of empathy, observation and miraculously natural performances make this a modern classic, with strong echoes of Ken Loach's very best work. Think of it as a Cathy Come Home for Donald Trump's America.

Summary

A six-year-old girl roams the grounds of the motel where she lives with her mother, looking for adventure with her small band of friends. Manager Bobby keeps a protective eye on the children, but his affection for them becomes strained as their mischief escalates. Drama, starring Willem Dafoe, Brooklynn Prince and Bria Vinaite.

Cast & Crew

Bobby Willem Dafoe
Moonee Brooklynn Prince
Jancey Valeria Cotto
Halley Bria Vinaite
Scooty Christopher Rivera
Jack Caleb Landry Jones
Narek Karren Karagulian
Tourist John Macon Blair
Director Sean Baker
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: AltitudeGuidance: SwearingAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 10 Nov 2017
Drama