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Moonlight (2016)

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Details: 1h51 mins · English

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An impressive feat in storytelling.

Not only is Moonlight poignant for telling a type of story we almost never see on film about a queer person of color, but it's an impressive feat in directing for writer/director Barry Jenkins. Using lush sun/soaked cinematography, Jenkins seamlessly weaves together a three part narrative about three different stages in a young, gay black man's life. The fact that all of these parts come together naturally is amazing on its own, although the performances that Jenkins coaches out of his actors are equally incredible, especially his leads, who play the main character Chiron at different ages. The fact that none of the actors met each other before filming, yet still feel like the same person, is a testament to Jenkins' skill as a director and the quality of this picture.

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Beautiful and very moving. Superb performances across the board, sparkling cinematography, and a masterful control of pacing and editing. The final scenes are unbearably tense (although not in an action thriller way) and Trevante Rhodes and André Holland give a wonderfully subtle and restrained performances; all body language, glances and pregnant pauses.

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Engaging

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A timeless story of human self-discovery and connection, Moonlight chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.