a film well worthy of the buzz it’s received. what they’ve said is true; it’s an instant tale-of-innocence classic. it’s obvious from the opening scene that this is truly masterful film making to rival many of Baker’s contemporaries. can’t wait to see what’s next.
La Cienega without touch or smell or skin; 40’s social realism without the [dashed] dreams of something better; Tangerine without the playful Hollywoodizing. What’s left? Glorified selfishness, “grit” without history, materialism without flesh, plot without life. When did “abusing strangers to make money and protect your bloodline” become subversive and heroic? Isn’t that what movies were supposed to rebel against?
One dimensional story telling with amazing images and great actors. But I felt often forced into strong feelings by the directors decision to simplify certain characters and scenes and therefore not allowing ambiguity or a different side of a person. I can understand why people like this, but I felt challanged.
Entre le monde pernicieux et funeste des laissés-pour-compte d'une pauvreté endémique et celui des nantis qui se font déposer en hélicoptère dans les parcs d'attraction mitoyens, un profond abîme d'incompréhension et de mésalliance que même le rire crécelle et mutin des enfants n'arrive pas à combler... www.cinefiches.com
With Tangerine and The Florida Project, Sean Baker has raced to the head of the pack of most promising directors. This is a story of poverty in paradise, and children's ability to ferret out fun even in the worst of situations. It's a story of nostalgia, imagination, and friendship as well as one of desperation. The color and cinematography are ripped from a postcard, yet everything still manages to seem intimate.
After Tangerine I thought, he can't top that. But this film is a true masterpiece. A perfect meditation on childhood and class, so funny and real at the same time. Also best child acting since Quvenzhané Wallis in Beast of The Southern Wild. I loved this so insanely much.