Director: Barry Jenkins,
Cast: Naomie Harris, Mahershala Ali, Trevante Rhodes, André Holland, Janelle Monáe, Alex R. Hibbert, Jaden Piner, Ashton Sanders, Jharrel Jerome
Country of Origin: USA 2016 111 mins. (15)
Winner Best Film 2017 Oscars
Released by Altitude Film Distribution
Based on Jarell Alvin McCroney's play 'Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue,' writer-director Barry Jenkins vivid, bold, personal story of a young black man as he struggles from childhood to adulthood in a tough Miami neighborhood, is a life on film told in three chapters, moments of which define his sexuality.
Withdrawn, lonely, isolated and bullied at school, 9-year-old Chiron's (Alex R. Hibbert) mother Paula's (Naomi Harris) a crack addict and the nearest he has to a father figure is Cuban drug dealer Juan (Mahershala Ali), who with his partner Teresa (Janelle Monae) care for him, teach him to swim and suggest that his sexuality is nothing to be ashamed of. As a teenager Chiron (Ashton Sanders) needs to be tough but he's marginalized, bullied, labelled a faggot and hides his sexuality. As an adult Chiron's (Trevante Rhodes) tough exterior hides a fragility as he's reunited with Kevin (Andre Holland), a school friend with whom he had a sexual experience as a teenager.
An emotional and powerful portrait of the struggle to accept black gay sexuality in America which maybe taken as an indication of inherent weakness. Bold, inventive, character driven cinema with terrific restrained performances. Shot with a dream-like quality and evocative imagery, 'Moonlight' is mesmerising cinema and the final scene nails it.