The Florida Project ***
Set over one summer, a precocious six-year-old girl courts mischief and adventure with her ragtag playmates and bonds with her inept but caring mother, all while living in a cheap motel across the street from Disney World.
Exquisite, intuitive depiction of the hidden homeless, living week-to-week, as seen through the eyes of children. Comparisons to the European neo-realist films of the late 50s are undeniable, and Baker orchestrates his meandering episodes – shot on 35mm – with an unshakable mix of joy and distress.
d – Sean Baker
w – Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch
ph – Alexis Zabe
pd – Stephonik Youth
m – Lorne Balfe
ed – Sean Baker
cos – Fernando Rodriguez
p – Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch, Kevin Chinoy, Andrew Duncan, Alex Saks
Cast: Willem Dafoe, Brooklynn Kimberly Prince, Bria Vinaite, Caleb Landry Jones, Valeria Cotto, Christopher Rivera, Macon Blair, Karren Karagulian, Sandy Kane