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Moonlight

This is a really beautiful story of Chiron who is Black and gay. The director takes an interesting approach by focusing on 3 times in his life – when he is about 10-11 years of age, when he is around 16, and then 10 years later as he is well into adulthood. The story weaves his exploration and understanding of his own sexuality with his growing up in a Miami with a drug addicted mother who does not understand him either. The very personal and intimate way the movie was filmed reminded me of the greatest revelation of the movie Boyhood. It is refreshing to see a film that is so intimate and that moves beyond the stereotypical stories that are told about Black men. It is a film that foremost describes those key formative experiences that shape our lives and the way we see the world. The acting by everyone is exceptional and award-caliber, especially adult Chiron (Trevante Rhodes), adult Kev (his boyhood friend played by Andre Holland) and Chiron’s mother (Naomie Harris). The scenes including Chiron and Kev near the end of the movie are some of the most touching of the film. It is beautiful to look at, and the soundtrack is wonderful. Huge thumbs up from me for another movie that has made it to the top of my favorites list. I really loved this film as one about experience rooted in race and sexuality but that transcends those experiences as something much more universal.

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