THE FLORIDA PROJECT—Sean Baker’s carnivalesque follow-up to Tangerine—plays like a prequel to last year’s American Honey (directed by Andrea Arnold). Orlando wild child Moonee (the extraordinary Brooklynn Prince) could easily grow up to be Krystal (Riley Keough), who oversees Honey‘s ragged troupe of young magazine-subscription hawkers.
Or Moonee could end up like her Mom (Florida Project’s Bria Vinaite), a twenty-something caught in an endless spiral of survival prostitution, bootleg perfume sales, and interchangeable motel rooms, just outside the walls of the Magic Kingdom.
This sun-kissed slice of early-twenty-first-century Americana is one for the ages. Willem Dafoe co-stars as the motel manager trying to hold it all together.
THE FLORIDA PROJECT, now playing.
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Willem Dafoe and Brooklynn Prince in The Florida Project (2017).
Image credit: A24.