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4.0
1,838 Ratings

The Florida Project

Directed by Sean Baker
United States, 2017
Drama

Synopsis

Sean Baker’s follow-up to Tangerine is the story of a precocious six year-old and her ragtag group of friends whose summer break is filled with childhood wonder, possibility and a sense of adventure while the adults around them struggle with hard times.

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The Florida Project Directed by Sean Baker

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2017 | Directors' Fortnight

Academy Awards

2018 | Nominee: Best Supporting Actor

Independent Spirit Awards

2018 | 2 nominations including: Best Feature

Two great films against the infamy of adulthood. Defoe today and Benigni yesterday as the great maternal protagonists of our devastated and vile times. Two films to hold on to what’s left of (our) humanity and hope (not) for a second infancy of history.
December 28, 2018
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Like last year’s American Honey, Baker’s film is a timely paradox—call it magical neorealism—depicting hardscrabble poverty without the attendant sermonizing. In both of these melancholy summertime gambols, imagination can make adventure out of just getting by.
January 03, 2018
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As with Tangerine (2015), it takes a few scenes to become accustomed to Baker’s rhythm and tone, but once you’re there, it flies.
December 31, 2017
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What are people saying?

  • chanandre's rating of the film The Florida Project

    [And in the end we'll all hold hands and escape to Disneyland when reality bites way too hard.] How in holy hell were Moonee & Jancey (not to mention Ashley & Halley) Not nominated for any awards..?! Is this a gender thing again? Brooklynn Prince & Valeria Cotto are some of the best child actors since Shirley Temple & Natalie Wood. Chasing paedos with sodas vs paying homage to fallen down yet still growing Trees= ♡ ▽

  • El Biffo's rating of the film The Florida Project

    Dysfunctional America. File this alongside American Honey, a refreshing new breed of American Cinema that shows us the peeling lead paint and the authentic harsh reality which is not Kardashians and cronuts, it's survival in a society that doesn't give a shit about anyone who can't afford a ticket to Walt Disney World.

  • Z's rating of the film The Florida Project

    I am pretty torn on this film. The filmmakers have obvious good intentions in telling this story. It is important to highlight the desperate economic conditions that a good many people now struggle with on a daily basis. However, the kid's and their parent's constant crudity becomes annoying well after the point has been made. Raw and gritty perhaps, but also feels exploitative. Seemed a bit like poverty porn to me.

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film The Florida Project

    As a general rule, children can't act—and that's to the great advantage of The Florida Project, because I'd be surprised if half of what its young heroes do on screen was heavily scripted or controlled. Baker finally nails the tone between comic energy and tragic grime that was so uneven in Tangerine, and Willem Dafoe's hotel manager is the most steadfast hero in a year that contained the whole damn Justice League.

  • josé neves's rating of the film The Florida Project

    Digital. 3,5. The creatures are less flaming than those of the previous film but not less fast, anxious and inconvenient; the space remains Californian, with the saturated and warm colors of LA by night visiting Florida, with (dis)enchantment. Baker's directing is still tense and itinerant, maintaining him in the small pedigree of contemporary North-American filmmakers who see's beyond the obvious and the indulgent.

  • ig_____or's rating of the film The Florida Project

    White trash turned into cuteness overdose by the lens of Sean Baker, with hints of pedophilia and prostitution. Dafoe plays it cool, but if you were going to nominate anyone for an Oscar in here, it might as well have been Bria Vinaite... or - what the heck! - little diva Brooklynn Prince.

  • Matthew Martens's rating of the film The Florida Project

    Looked at in the right way, flamingos are never really in the way; probably best not to get in theirs either. As in Tangerine, Baker gives us characters whose humanity sparks and jumps like a live wire. These kids are necessarily limited compared to that film's stars, but within those limits they're just as sticky-sweet, fucked-up, and run amok by boredom. Meanwhile the adults, winningly awful, are awfully winning.

  • Carlos Filipe Freitas's rating of the film The Florida Project

    Extremely absorbing, mostly because of the strange acting rapport between Vinaite and the young Prince, “The Florida Project” mirrors the immaturity, irresponsibility, and rudeness of a lost person, whose terrible example for his child, both behavior and language-wise, is sad and vexatious.

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