The Florida Project
One surefire way to make people empathise with the situation of the bottom half of America's 99% - the poor, the forgotten, the unglamorous - is to tell their story through the eyes of a heart-wrenchingly cute kid. Moonee is a precocious six-year-old living with her young barely-working-class mother in a motel in Florida, not far from Disneyland, which serves as both a backdrop and a foil for the decidedly un-Disney facts of this family's life. Director Sean Baker (Tangerine) uses flawless stylisation to illustrate a very real slice of life storyline, highlighting through these flawed and loveable characters an epidemic of social striation and classism that plagues America. Go see it on the big screen while it's back, the cinematography deserves it.