The Florida Project (2017)
Critic Consensus: The Florida Project offers a colorfully empathetic look at an underrepresented part of the population that proves absorbing even as it raises sobering questions about modern America.
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as Tourist John
as Ticket-Buying Dad
as Charlie Coachman
as Twistee Treat Girl's Mom
as Church Group Sarah
as Officer Gary
as Security Guard
as Cheap Tickets Lady
as DCF Investigator
as Grandma Stacy
Critic Reviews for The Florida Project
I knew form the first shot that I was watching a truly great movie... It's so real, it's so raw.
A work that combines boundless energy and childlike enthusiasm with dark social realism, Sean Baker's wildly inventive style of filmmaking has resulted in the gorgeous masterpiece that is The Florida Project.
Little Moonee is innocent in every sense that counts, and even her worst misdeeds are fuelled by excitement at the possibilities of life.
The world captured by Sean Baker's lens is colourful and bright, despite its impoverished inhabitants, and he never judges or pities them for their choices, even if you might. Here is a movie that shows, not tells.
There isn't much of a narrative going on here, but Baker succeeds in enveloping the viewer in a very particular place.
Audience Reviews for The Florida Project
Almost feels like a documentary about poor people living in motels within striking distance of Disney World, that's how authentic the acting is and how real the conversations sound. Especially the kids actors are absolutely outstanding, with Dafoe being the calming heart of the film but also a constant reminder that you are watching fiction. It's as much a portrayal of social misfits and their daily struggle as it is a film about a little girl's summer she won't ever forget. That doesn't even mean that something outrageous happens, at least not up until the end. And yet you can't help but laugh at Moonee's audacity and ultimately cry with her despair.
Funny, touching, heartbreaking and simply beautiful, Sean Baker's follow-up to his great Tangerine is even better than that film and boasts the adorable Brooklynn Prince in a wonderful performance that should have definitely earned her an Oscar (or at least a nomination).
The first accomplishment of this accomplished work is the inclusion of reality: everyone in this film I felt I knew or met or interacted with, in situations and locales to which I could relate. Heartbreakingly sad in it's depiction of the home of the free and the brave. Dafoe's best role that I've ever seen has him as an everyman actively trying to get his finger in the hole of the dam to little success. Must see filmmaking, so close to a documentary as to be chilling, with superb acting throughout.
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