Moonlight

Moonlight

Barry Jenkins (2) (2016)

106min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
In his masterfully handled second film writer/director Barry Jenkins aligns us with a lonely soul, slowly teasing out the true sexuality of a repressed young African-American named Chiron. Combining style and subtlety, Moonlight illustrates a liberating journey of self-acceptance that derives tension from the contrast between the tough Miami backdrop and the secret this shy boy keeps inside. Each of the film's three parts is equivalently heart-rending in observing at close quarters Chiron as attention-starved child (Alex Hibbert), then persecuted teen (Ashton Sanders) and finally, a battle-scarred and mistrustful adult (Trevante Rhodes). Mahershala Ali and Naomie Harris shine in supporting roles, the former playing a father figure and the latter, Chiron's dysfunctional parent. Jenkins eschews judgement, allowing his superb cast the space to inhabit their characters quietly and truthfully, while the cinematography cultivates intimacy and emphasises alienation. Together they lay bare the experience of growing up poor, black and gay in a film of rare empathy and shimmering beauty.

Summary

A young African-American man in a rough Miami neighbourhood grapples with his identity and sexuality while experiencing the everyday struggles of childhood, adolescence and burgeoning adulthood. He finds support from a drug dealer and his kindly girlfriend, who can see he is being neglected and offer him sanctuary. Barry Jenkins' Oscar-winning drama, starring Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Alex Hibbert, Ashton Sanders and Trevante Rhodes.

Cast & Crew

"Black" / Chiron Trevante Rhodes
Paula Naomie Harris
Chiron, aged 16 Ashton Sanders
Teresa Janelle Monae
Juan Mahershala Ali
Terrence Shariff Earp
"Little" (Chiron, aged 10) Alex Hibbert
Director Barry Jenkins (2)
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: AltitudeGuidance: Swearing, sex scenes, drug abuse.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 17 Feb 2017
Drama