Sean Baker’s beautifully directed, low-budget film comes from the point of view of a 6-year-old girl named Moonee, played by the talented and charming Brooklynn Prince. Moonee lives with her mum Halley, played by Bria Vinaite, in a run down motel just a few miles from Walt Disney World.
The film explores the naivety and playfulness of a child left in the wasteland near the place where dreams come true, and where a child like Moonee really belongs. The film, in a way, shows the impact of gentrification on families who are not a part of the middle class it targets.
Moonee is in a bubble, not fully understanding the dangers of the world she inhabits. This is comparable to the bubble in which the rich visitors of Walt Disney World are in: not paying much attention to the people outside their luxurious lifestyles.
The purpose of the film is to place the viewers in the unseen, usually unknown and often overlooked part of society, in which children are confronted with areas of life even adults should not be forced to see.
Forced to grow up faster than any child should, the toll is evident in Moonee’s adult turn of phrase.
I highly recommend seeing this film, as it is the best film of 2017 so far; be prepared, however, to be taken out of your comfort zone.