A young girl makes friends and bonds with her single mother over
the course of a summer at a motel right outside of Disney World.
The Florida Project (2017)
Directed by Sean Baker
Written by Sean Baker and Chris Bergoch
Starring Brooklynn Prince, Bria Vinaite, Valeria Cotto,
Willem Dafoe, Christopher Rivera, Aiden Malik
Oscar Nominations - Best Supporting Actor (Willem Dafoe)
Sean Baker caught my eye in 2015 with a film that was shot on an iPhone called Tangerine. Everything he does is now something I desire to experience and The Florida Project only solidifies that. It made waves during award season a couple years ago due to Willem Dafoe’s unbelievable performance and raw direction of the film as a whole.
Moonee (Prince) and her rebellious mother, Halley (Vinaite) live at a shitty motel in Kissimmee, Florida which is very near to Disney World. We are shown one summer of their lives as Moonee finds adventures with her friends and Halley tries to keep up with her wild lifestyle and paying the motel manager, Bobby (Dafoe). Bobby has a soft spot for Halley and her rambunctious six-year-old, so he lets them live at the hotel to avoid being homeless.
The Florida Project is a slice of life film that will stir you up with its natural tone and surreal moments between mother and daughter as they survive on the outskirts of one of the most popular tourist areas in the entire world. The performances are great, particularly Willem Dafoe as Bobby. He has been on absolute fire the past few years with some of his best work ever. Sean Baker has a very unique eye when it comes to direction and a serious skill when it comes to writing.