Boasting a well-deserved 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, THE FLORIDA PROJECT is indeed “glorious and gorgeous” (New York Times). Set on a stretch of highway just outside the imagined utopia of Disney World, THE FLORIDA PROJECT follows six-year-old Moonee (Brooklynn Prince in a stunning breakout turn) and her rebellious mother Halley (Bria Vinaite, another major discovery) over the course of a single summer. The two live week to week at “The Magic Castle,” a budget motel managed by Bobby (a career-best Willem Dafoe), whose stern exterior hides a deep reservoir of kindness and compassion. Warm, winning and gloriously alive, Sean Baker’s film is a deeply moving and unforgettably poignant look at childhood—and a true original. R. 115 Min.
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