Sunday, October 22, 2017
THE FLORIDA PROJECT
The film deals with some harsh realities so realistically, at times it felt like the actors weren't professionals and the dialogue and action was improvised. Perhaps it was, and some of them were (a lot of the actors, all sensational, don't have any other credits, or just one other).
The ending makes the movie's indictment of the contrast between Florida's Disney World promise and the struggling impoverished world that exists in that fantasy's shadow (a stand-in for the extreme inequality more and more prevalent in our social and economic systems) devastating yet transcendent. I resisted it at the screening last night, but it's still resonating for me, and I suspect it will continue to in the days and weeks to come. A true work of art.