The Florida Project

The Florida Project

The Florida Project 

2017.  Directed by Sean Baker.  

By Brian Wallinger 

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Coming off the moderate success of his previous film Tangerine, writer-director Sean Baker follows through with an immense sophomore effort, The Florida Project. It is a film that deals very heavy handily in empathy, youth, and friendship. The story; written by Baker, centers around a 5 year old girl (Brooklyn Prince) in a very commanding and bold performance, and her two friends played by Valeria Cotto and Christopher Rivera. The majority of the narrative occurs at a motel where many low income families reside and the motel is operated by Oscar nominated supporting actor Willem Dafoe. Throughout the course of the story an array of events unfold that ultimately latch themselves onto the lives of the children.

It's the way that this film is carefully articulated that gives it its power. The children running free among themselves, aware of their surrounding environment and their understanding of it deepens as the film progresses.  Baker's innovating script doesn't hold back. The cinematography also makes use of interesting choices of color compositions and saturation.

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Ultimately, The Florida Project is a metaphor for the harsh realities that go unnoticed in our society and those realities are witnessed by those who endure it, many of them being innocent children caught in the crossfire. The way Baker directs the virtually unknown cast so consistently and with complete confidence is a reflection of his talent.  

Even though they are still only children, Brooklyn Prince, Valeria Cotto, and Christopher Rivera all play their roles in such a way that it feels completely natural and resonating. The Florida Project is a milestone achievement for all those involved and is without a doubt one of the best films of this year

☆☆☆☆

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