Movie Night Monday

The Movie Project

Week 9: Florida (The Florida Project)

Category: Drama

Quote of Interest:

Do you know why this is my favorite tree? Because it tipped over, and it’s still growing.”


Three words to describe this film/state: Colorful impoverished lives

Best ‘Extras’:

  • Twistee Treat Girl, played by Bronwyn Valley
  • Twistee Treat Girl’s Mom, played by Kelly Fitzgerald
  • Church Group Sarah, played by Sabina Friedman-Seitz
  • Room 151 Evicted Dealer, played by Ginger Cook
  • Paint-Splattered Guest, played by Joop Katana
  • Late for Tee-Time, played by Giovanni Rodriguez
  • Room 246 Dad, played by John Sutton
  • Charlie Coachman (of Cherry Hill, NJ), played by Carl Bradfield
  • Cheap Tickets Lady, played by Joanne Moreno
  • Stolen-Ticket-Buying Dad, played by Jason Blackwater

State food/recipe to try: Key West Chicken

Earring Inspo Character: Gloria

Other Notes: This was hard to watch. For some reason, I had originally thought it was some kind of documentary ‘project’ about Florida…but no. Beautifully shot, this film depicted life in the projects right outside The Magic Kingdom, viewed from the perspective of a six-year-old girl. I may be generalizing when I say that most of us don’t want to know or hear about (and certainly not see) some of the hard truths of the daily lives of others, but 1 in 8 people in this country live at or below the federal poverty level, and this film is good at portraying a microcosm of this population. Six-year-old Moonee’s role was excellently and convincingly played by Brooklynn Prince, and acting rookie Bria Vinaite was perfect as her do-whatever-I-want-or-gotta-do mother. We could all learn from Willem Dafoe’s character, the sometimes-stern but more often longsuffering and compassionate hotel manager. An eye-opening and evocative film that should be seen.

Grade: B+

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