It’s a dark world out there, no matter how you look at it. There’s bills a plenty, and not that much money to go around. The saying “you gotta do, what you gotta do” is more prevalent now than ever before. We’ve seen a lot of movies in the post 2008 recession about this type of stuff, but we’ve never seen it from the point of view of a child.
Enter The Florida Project by Tangerine director Sean Baker. The Florida Project tells the story of a single mother and child living in a budget motel just outside of Disney World. Told from the perspective of Moonee the innocent six year old child of Halley, the movie looks to show a different perspective on the struggles of everyday life. A forgotten view of the world now that we’ve all grown up and need to worry about things like money, jobs, and Willem Dafoe being your landlord.
The trailer while filled with childhood innocence and frivolity is balanced out by muted colors and a nagging reminder that all is not as rosy as it may seem. This looks to be a new turn for veteran Dafoe who outside of playing Jesus has spent years being the tough guy and now looks to be the compassionate father figure. The Florida Project will release on October 6th so look out Blade Runner, Dafoe’s here to take your top spot.