The Florida Project

Sean Baker (2017)

Brooklyn Prince, Bria Vinaite, Willem DafoeRated15

Nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the 90th Academy Awards
Nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the 71st BAFTA’s

Warm, winning, and gloriously alive, The Florida Project is a deeply moving and unforgettably poignant look at childhood. Set on a stretch of highway just outside the imagined utopia of Disney World, The Florida Project follows six-year-old Moonee and her rebellious mother Halley over the course of a single summer. The two live week to week at ‘The Magic Castle,’ a budget hotel managed by Bobby, 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, 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.

96% – Rotten Tomatoes
7.6/10 – IMDB

“A superbly sympathetic portrait of marginalised experience from a film-maker whose great triumph is that he never feels like a tourist.”

“Warm, winning, and gloriously alive, Sean Baker’s The Florida Project is a deeply moving and unforgettably poignant look at childhood.”

The Florida Project review – Mark Kermode for The Guardian