Drake says he's obsessed with the new indie movie 'The Florida Project,' which is in theatres right now

Cre FilmWillem Dafoe and Brooklynn Prince in ‘The Florida Project.’
  • Drake has recently become obsessed with the indie film “The Florida Project,” he told The Hollywood Reporter.
  • “The Florida Project” follows the lives of a poverty-stricken mother and her daughter living in a motel near Disney World.

Sean Baker’s independent film “The Florida Project” has been in the theatres for a little over a month, and has earned itself copious praise from critics, a 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and the affection of Drake.

In The Hollywood Reporter’s profile of Drake, the musician-actor said he became obsessed with the film after attending a private screening of it.

“That was one of my favourite things I’d seen in a long time, just because it taught me something about a world I would never think of and what it was like to live there,” Drake said. “It was just very pure and very human.”

“The Florida Project” follows the life of poverty-stricken Halley (Bria Vinaite) and her 6-year-old daughter Moonee (Brooklynn Prince) as they struggle to survive from week to week.

Halley and Moonee live in The Magic Castle motel on the outskirts of Disney World, in a community that works continuously to keep its head above water, with little-to-no success.

Most of the film is seen through Moonee’s point of view, as she and her friends run through their neighbourhood finding new ways to amuse themselves. Together they trick strangers into giving them money for ice cream, and terrorize Bobby, the motel’s manager (who is artfully played by Willem Dafoe).

“The Florida Project” proves once again that Baker is able to fully immerse his audience in a world they might not have been privy to otherwise, just as he did in his 2015 hit “Tangerine.” Baker has again delivered captivating, nuanced portraits of impoverished people, worthy of all the praise it has received.

“The Florida Project” is currently playing in select cities, and you can check here to see if it’s playing at a theatre near you.

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