Flavorwire’s Guide to Indie Movies You Need to See in October

'Wonderstruck,' 'Una,' 'The Killing of a Sacred Deer,' and more of this month's can't-miss movies.

Alright folks, it’s time to buckle in – the end of the year is rapidly approaching, and distributors are bringing out their big guns. So we’ve got a jam-packed release schedule this month, with provocative documentaries and heart-wrenching dramas, and, um, heart-wrenching documentaries and provocative dramas. Take a look, and mark up your calendar, because this is a good one.

The Florida Project

DIRECTOR: Sean Baker
CAST: Willem Dafoe, Brooklynn Prince, Valeria Cotto, Bria Vinaite

Director Baker’s follow-up to the heartfelt, funny, and fabulous Tangerine focuses on a handful of wild, goofy kids, spending the summer at a Disney World-adjacent cheapo motel – getting by, hustling, and making their own fun. Little Brooklynn Prince is staggeringly good as Moonee, the spirited little girl at the story’s center, while newcomer Vinaite deftly navigates the tricky morality of Moonee’s mom. But the stand-out performer here is Dafoe, at the top of his game as the motel manager, a good-hearted, live-and-let-live type who is ultimately just looking out for these kids. It’s funny and high-spirited, but not as rudderless at it seems; it sneaks up on you, this movie, and its closing passages are emotionally wrecking.