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It takes a special kind of mastery to create a film that is equally funny and sad. Director Sean Baker seems to be doing exactly that in his latest film, The Florida Project. The plot follows a six-year-old girl living with her rebellious mother in a motel in Kissimmee, Florida as they stay out of trouble and make ends meet, one step ahead of impending homelessness. The reality in which this film takes place sounds piercingly sad, yes — but the way the story is told, the camera angles, the styling, and the dialogue — make for a charming and at times whimsical movie. 

Most of the camera angles are wide and you will hardly see the actor’s faces clearly looking at the camera
The Florida Project was shot on 35mm film and entirely on location in Osceola County, Florida

In all of his films, director Sean Baker has been using a script typeface. The Florida Project is no exception
The whole film’s color palette can be characterized as bewilderingly purple — an intentional visual move, probably to make the set feel both dreamy and out-of-place

Willem Dafoe has been a true driving force of the film, playing a kind of character he’s hardly done before
Look at this camera work — there’re 3 people on the screen and yet none of them is clearly showing face

[lo_row]The Florida Project
Runtime: 111 min.
Release Date: November 10, 2017
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
Director: Sean Baker
Writers: Sean Baker, Chris Bergoch
Stars: Brooklynn Prince, Bria Vinaite, Willem Dafoe
Where to watch: Amazon (free with Prime) | iTunes ($15) [/lo_row]

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