Jeff York reviews “The Florida Project” on The Establishing Shot


If Willem Dafoe didn’t star in it, you might think THE FLORIDA PROJECT was a documentary. That is how realistic this new movie plays. It seems like cinema verite – an improvisation with the use of the camera to unveil truth or highlight subjects hidden behind crude reality – but it is not. That may be the biggest compliment to filmmaker Sean Baker. He has managed to write (with Chris Bergoch) and direct a film that feels utterly observational, spontaneous, and even haphazard at times. The film captures the messiness of life, its randomness, and miraculously, most of it is done with child actors so natural you think you’re watching a documentary.


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