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Moonlight

  • Drama
  • Comedy
  • 2016
  • Barry Jenkins (2)
  • 106 mins
  • 15

Summary

Oscar-winning coming-of-age drama directed by Barry Jenkins, starring Tre'Rhodes and Naomie Harris. Against the background of a poor Miami neighbourhood, a sensitive young African-American boy struggles to cope with his drug-addicted mother and come to terms with his sexual identity.

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Review

A star rating of 5 out of 5.

This Oscar-winning film from writer/director Barry Jenkins slowly teases 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.

Credits

Cast

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"Black" / ChironTrevante Rhodes
PaulaNaomie Harris
Chiron, aged 16Ashton Sanders
TeresaJanelle Monae
JuanMahershala Ali
TerrenceShariff Earp
"Little" (Chiron, aged 10)Alex Hibbert

Crew

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DirectorBarry Jenkins (2)

Details

Theatrical distributor
Altitude
Released on
2017-02-17
Languages
English | Serbian
Guidance
Swearing, sex scenes, drug abuse.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour

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