Matej’s review published on Letterboxd:
Okay, so after giving myself some time to think about this, specifically a few days, I'm ready to talk about The Florida Project, one of the most charming and emotional films of 2017 that I'm glad I finally got to see.
My first film by director Sean Baker, who I'm now very interested in. The Florida Project is a pretty warm and comforting movie, but also quite tragic. Telling a rather beautiful story of childhood in an unsuited environment. It takes the point of view of a kid, experiencing life out of the grasp of reality. This movie's world is majestic with some gorgeous vibrant colors and almost dream like feel to it. But it also shows the harsh reality behind a kid's imagination and view of the world. That ending almost had me in tears.
The performances are all around amazing. Brooklynn Prince gives one of the best performances of 2017 and she's only 7 years old. And Willem Dafoe is just as great. Of course, I was expecting Dafoe to be amazing, but most of the actors and actresses that aren't well known in this movie gave some truly remarkable performances. It's a beautiful film that shows the wonders of childhood and reality.