During the period after the Second World War, a strand of neorealism rose through the ranks in cinema, primarily in
The Florida-set film's focus is on the
The Florida Project is a fascinating film that marks Baker as one of the finest directors of his generation. Having made an impact on the indie scene with the filmed-on-an-iPhone Tangerine, he here approaches a difficult subject tastefully and crafts one of the finest, most quietly devastating films of the year. The film poses difficult questions but never feels the need to preach about them, leaning away from the misery that awards contenders have in the past embraced. The focus is entirely on Moonee and her friends, and Baker skilfully directs these child actors. Moonee is often surrounded by troubling events, but these play out in the background. This doesn't prevent the film from being a wrenching experience but keeps it all the more watchable and engaging. Added to this the film has a strikingly gorgeous look from Alexis Zabe; a plethora of bold colours are adopted. This is to be expected from the director of photography on the music video for Pharrell Williams' 'Happy'.
As is the tradition with neorealism, for many in the cast this is their first film, with some even being residents of the real-life
I can't stress how necessary a watch The Florida Project is. It is an engaging, often sweet, sometimes devastating drama that addresses a difficult subject without lecturing the audience in the process. This is a truly outstanding piece of cinema.
This is a London Film Festival preview and The Florida Project will be released on Friday 10th November.