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Childhood wonder in not-so-magic Orlando

Childhood wonder in not-so-magic Orlando
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Screened in the Director’s Fortnight sidebar at the Cannes film festival, ‘The Florida Project’ is a vibrant and heart-wrenching portrait of America’s invisible homeless population.

Six-year old Moonee (Brooklynn Prince) lives with her mother Halley (Bria Vinaite) – a heavily-tattooed rebel barely out of childhood herself – in a brightly colored budget motel on the outskirts of Orlando near Disney World.

The little girl spends her summer drifting with local kids and getting into mischief.

Serious trouble arises when her mother starts hustling to pay the rent.

‘The Florida Project’ is the latest film by director Sean Baker to focus on marginalised groups, after 2012’s ‘Starlet’ (about amateur porn stars) and 2015’s Tangerine (on transsexual sex workers).

Thanks to powerful storytelling and impressive performances by his mostly non-professional cast, Baker offers a compelling depiction of those who survive on the dysfunctional fringes of society.