The Florida Project
Sean Baker’s (Tangerine) incredible new film stars Willem Defoe & Brooklynn Prince.
From Sean Baker (Tangerine) comes a universally acclaimed film about the magic of childhood. Six-year-old Moonee (instant star Brooklynn Prince) and her rebellious mother Halley (Bria Vinaite) live week to week at “The Magic Castle,” a budget motel managed by Bobby (Willem Dafoe, in one of his finest performances), whose stern exterior hides a deep reservoir of kindness and compassion. Despite her harsh surroundings, the precocious and ebullient Moonee has no trouble making each day a celebration of life, her endless afternoons overflowing with mischief and grand adventure as she and her ragtag playmates—including Jancey, a new arrival to the area who quickly becomes Moonee’s best friend—fearlessly explore the utterly unique world into which they’ve been thrown. Unbeknownst to Moonee, however, her delicate fantasy is supported by the toil and sacrifice of Halley, who is forced to explore increasingly dangerous possibilities in order to provide for her daughter. (2017, Sean Baker, US, 115 min, R, DCP)
“[It] is sublime: a blast of life, of celebratory highs and lamentable lows, on the outer economic edges of the Sunshine State.” – AV Club
“[A] brilliant, buoyant, and ultimately heart-wrenching film.” – New York Magazine/Vulture
“… further cements Baker’s status as one of the most innovative American directors working today, but he’s also an essential advocate for the stories this country often doesn’t get to see. A-” -indieWire
“[Sean] Baker crafts a tiny adventure of absorbing wonder.” -Globe and Mail