Hosted by Harold Burzstajn, MD
Set on a stretch of highway just outside the imagined utopia of Disney World, The Florida Project follows six-year-old Moonee (Brooklynn Prince in a stunning breakout turn) and her rebellious mother Halley (Bria Vinaite, another major discovery) over the course of a single summer. The two live week to week at “The Magic Castle,” a budget motel managed by Bobby (a career-best Willem Dafoe), whose stern exterior hides a deep reservoir of kindness and compassion.
Despite her harsh surroundings, the precocious and ebullient Moonee has no trouble making each day a celebration of life, her endless afternoons overflowing with mischief and grand adventure as she and her ragtag playmates fearlessly explore the utterly unique world into which they’ve been thrown. Unbeknownst to Moonee, however, her delicate fantasy is supported by the toil and sacrifice of Halley, who is forced to explore increasingly dangerous possibilities in order to provide for her daughter.
Take a look back at Dr. Burzstajn’s commentary on 20th Century Women from his last time hosting “Off the Couch.” Much like The Florida Project, director Mike Mills’ latest work is a sober, affecting portrait of a matriarch struggling to raise a nontraditional family.
Join us at the Coolidge Corner Theatre on the third Tuesday of every month for our renowned “Off the Couch” series. Each installment is hosted by a member of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society & Institute who will discuss the psychological themes of that evening’s feature film. Our members include doctors, psychiatrists, social workers and more, and last year’s screenings featured Moonlight, La La Land, and I Am Not Your Negro. Come deepen your connection with cinema by learning more about the psychoanalytic aspects which drive the plots, characters, and even directors of today’s films.