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The Florida Project (2017)

R | | Drama | 10 November 2017 (UK)
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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.

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Sean Baker
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brooklynn Prince ... Moonee (as Brooklynn Kimberly Prince)
Christopher Rivera ... Scooty
Aiden Malik ... Dicky
Josie Olivo Josie Olivo ... Grandma Stacy
Valeria Cotto ... Jancey
Edward Pagan Edward Pagan ... Dicky's Dad (as Edward 'Punky' Pagan)
Bria Vinaite ... Halley
Patti Wiley Patti Wiley ... Amber
Jasineia Ramos Jasineia Ramos ... Luci
Willem Dafoe ... Bobby
Rosa Medina Perez Rosa Medina Perez ... Bertha
Mela Murder ... Ashley
Krystal Nicole Watts ... Case Worker (as Krystal Gordon)
Bronwyn Valley Bronwyn Valley ... Twistee Treat Girl
Kelly Fitzgerald Kelly Fitzgerald ... Twistee Treat Girl's Mom
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Storyline

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 Huggo

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Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout, disturbing behavior, sexual references and some drug material. | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish | Portuguese

Release Date:

10 November 2017 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Projekt Florida See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$157,553, 8 October 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,904,366, 22 March 2018
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39:1
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Trivia

With the exception of veteran actor Willem Dafoe, nearly the entire cast was made up of first-time or inexperienced actors. Writer/director Sean Baker discovered Valeria Cotto (Jancey) at a Target, and Christopher Rivera (Scooty) was living at a motel on the strip like his character. See more »

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When the woman is sunbathing topless, the sun goes from being overhead to in front of her. See more »

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Halley: [watching a house on fire] Aren't you excited? This is so much better than TV!
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Crazy Credits

"This film is not authorized, sponsored, endorsed, produced, or distributed by, or in any way officially associated with the Walt Disney Company, Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, Disney Enterprises, Inc., or any of its subsidiaries or its affiliates." See more »

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References SpongeBob SquarePants (1999) See more »

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The Practice of Accepting a Situation as it is
20 September 2017 | by mmendez-22089See all my reviews

I had the privilege to catch an early viewing of this film along with a Q&A with writer/director/editor Sean Baker. Many know him from his breakout hit Tangerine (2015); I was sucked into his world since the release of Starlet (2012). Something that he never ceases to portray is the messed up realism that is hidden within our world and the Florida Project capture this in the most purest and colorful of ways.

The story follows a ruthlessly mischievous 6-year old named Moonee who, along with a couple friends, explore, disrupt, criticize and takeover a simple hotel complex just on the outskirts of Disney World. She lives with her young, tattooed mother, who seems to have issues of her own, but seems content and manages to pay rent (almost) every week.

Taking place over the summer, these kids are free to do as they please, that is, since there parents are not too strict. And being around tourists who can't afford the Disney Resort, they can make a lot of fun out of it. From panhandling money for ice cream to turning off the electricity in the hotel, these badmouthed hoodlums do it all. One thing this film captures well is the freedom children have and how far they go to test the waters of life.

It was very easy to get lost in this film, making it completely enjoyable. I was worried about the kids being a bit over exaggerating, but they really weren't and every thing they did seemed natural and true to their character. I especially want to point out Halley, Moonee's mother, and her performance. I have never seen a character like her played so superbly and so factual. You will see as the story unfolds that she is a very complex person who, like a child, struggles to maintain complacency with the people around her.

Another element I would like to touch up on is the camera work. By far one of the best storytelling methods for a film such as this that is mostly from a child's point of view. The colours being so vibrant and wide angles that show how big the world really is. The gorilla-style as well really depicts how on-the-go they are and trivial most disruptions are.

One last thing I want to touch up on is that there is a number of great shots with a helicopter zooming away. I am unsure if it was intentional or if there was a popular helipad near by, but this was a great part of the film that was subtly used. To me it represented freedom, and escape from the world, referring to how fast it can get away.

It is not everyday you come across a film like The Florida Project and I definitely intend on seeing it again, as it is simply rewatchable. Getting a taste of authentic realism in art nowadays is one of the most beautiful gifts we can receive. Enjoy!


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