The Florida Project

Please Note we are having our 10th Anniversary celebrations on January 24th - there will be a selection of short films including Melmouth by Nora Windeck & Eoin Heanry & Shorts from the Irish Film Board 2016 - for full details of the 10th Anniversay please click here

Director:           Sean Baker

Duration:          1hr 51 mins

Language:        English

Starring:           Brooklynn Prince,  Bria Vinaite,  Willem Dafoe 

Time:               8.00pm

Location:          Ardhowen Theatre

Set over one summer, the film follows precocious six-year-old Moonee as she courts mischief and adventure with her ragtag playmates and bonds with her rebellious but caring mother, all while living in the shadows of Disney World.


During the summer, six-year-old Moonee lives with her young mother Halley in the Magic Castle, a motel in Kissimmee, Florida. She spends most of her day unsupervised with her motel-resident friends Scooty and Dicky, engaging in mischief at other motels, mooching from tourists at nearby businesses, and other misbehavior. They invite Jancey, a new child living at the Futureland motel next-door, to hang out with them. Following an incident, Dicky's father restricts him from hanging out with them, and the family eventually relocates to New Orleans, which upsets the group.

Halley is unemployable and engages in various petty schemes to make ends meet, such as hawking perfume to tourists in the parking lots of hotels, and asking Scooty's mother Ashley to steal food for them from the diner where she works; a local church also brings foodstuffs for the many impoverished motel residents. Motel manager Bobby reluctantly but chronically plays the role of parent to both Halley and Moonee, and other residents, as part of his responsibility to manage the facility.

One day while exploring abandoned condominiums, Moonee, Scooty, and Jancey accidentally set it on fire. Ashley realizes that the children were responsible, and blaming Moonee as instigator, cuts all contact between their families.....

IMDB   Link (7.9/10)

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