Set over one summer, the film follows precocious six-year-old Moonee as she courts mischief and adventure with her ragtag playmates and bonds with her rebellious but caring mother, all while living in the shadows of Walt Disney World.
Halley lives with her six year old daughter Moonee in a budget motel along one of the commercial strips catering to the Walt Disney World tourist clientele outside Orlando, Florida. Halley, who survives largely on welfare, has little respect for people, especially those who cross her, it an attitude that she has passed down to Moonee, who curses and gives the finger like her mother. Although the motel's policy is not to allow long term rentals, Bobby, the motel manager, has made arrangements for people like Halley to live there while not undermining the policy as he realizes that many such tenants have no place to go otherwise. Halley, Moonee and Moonee's friends, who live in the motel or others like it along the strip and who she often drags into her disruptive pranks, are often the bane of Bobby's existence, but while dealing with whatever problem arises, Bobby has a soft spot especially for the children and thus, by association, their parents, as he knows that Moonee and others ...Written by
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Childhood is the most important & innocent chapter in each of our lives. Its where we begin to understand what the world is all about. Its where we learn to speak & when to speak what & hope to get into a school where education makes us realize how the world functions.
Now imagine, a Childhood in a purple painted, unclean Motel in Florida, which, incidentally enough, is close to Disney World, a dream of every child out there (mine too as a kid, and I did go there). But the trip to Disney World isn't possible for all & 'The Florida Project' is about such kids, who despite knowing there is magic awaiting for them, have no option but to create a world of magic without any fireworks. Writer-Director Sean Baker delivers one of the FINEST films ever on childhood & shows us a side of a America, not many us usually stumble on in cinema. And guess what, this realistic & affecting film, is among this year's very best films!
'The Florida Project' Synopsis: Set over one summer, the film follows precocious 6-year-old Moonee (An Astonishing Brooklynn Kimberly Prince) as she courts mischief and adventure with her ragtag playmates and bonds with her rebellious but caring mother (A Fantastic Bria Vinaite), all while living in the shadows of Disney World.
'The Florida Project' is about creating the magic in the world you've born too. Moonee, the protagonist, is foul-mouthed, brash & adventurous. She may not have a school to go to or a family to support her needs, but that doesn't stop her from being fun. She finds her joy in spending time with her mother or creating a ruckus with her ragtag playmates (who also live the same life as hers) or bullying the Motel's Manager Bobby (Willem Dafoe, In A Career-Best Performance). She also binges in ice cream & sometimes, a pizza (minus pepperoni, despite that being the topping she craves for, but its expensive). Moonee makes the most of what she has & reminds us how childhood is what we make out of them. With or Without money, with or without education or, with or without, of course, Disney World.
Baker & Chris Bergoch's Screenplay touches upon the bleakness & the monotony on the lives of the poor in America, with gut-wrenching honesty & believe it or not, laugh-out-loud humor. YES, you read that right! Despite the nothingness in the surroundings, 'The Florida Project' uses humor, for the most part, to tell its story. We watch the children go through the same old routine of life, but its shown with innocent humor & a sense of immovable circumstances. Baker & Bergoch's Screenplay is simply excellent. This is an important, affecting & heartfelt film, that really makes you think about kids out there & how one should help the underprivileged. And its done with a hammering impact! Baker's Direction is outstanding. His work is among the year's most compelling efforts. I seriously hope the Academy is brave enough to honor Baker & Co., for their exceptionally fine work here.
Alexis Zabe's Cinematography captures the claustrophobic setting with great results. Baker's Editing, also, is perfect. Art & Costume Design are fabulously done & add to the authenticity.
Performance-Wise: Willem Dafoe steals the show. Dafoe, an actor par excellence, delivers a career-best turn as Bobby, the Motel's Manager/Father to all his residents. His empathizing connection with Moonee, is the film's emotional core. Subtle & Masterfully Restrained, Dafoe redefines the power of Acting with his stellar work here. He's Oscar-Worthy from start to end. Academy, do him proud! Brooklynn Kimberly Prince is astonishing. She brings Moonee to life with right mix of innocence & brashness. Bria Vinaite, as the mother, does a fantastic job. Her portrayal is natural to the core! Valeria Cotto, Christopher Rivera & the rest lend remarkable support.
On the whole, 'The Florida Project' digs deep & takes a piece out of you. This is a brave film, that unfolds in sheer power. Two Big Thumbs Up!
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