The Inspiring Beauty Of ‘Moonlight’

Cinema & TV

“Am I a faggot?” Chiron asks. “You could be gay,” Juan tells him, “but you don’t let anyone call you no faggot.” This line is part of the heartrending scene of a new indie film we loved: Moonlight by Barry Jenkins .

You will not find any big stars in Moonlight, which reenforce the strength of the drama. Naomie Harris, André Holland, Mahershala Ali, Janelle Monáe, Trevante Rhodes, Ashton Sanders,  and Jharrel Jerome  sublimate the story, they don’t vampirise it.

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Moonlight which is based on In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue, an unpublished play by the playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney, is about a shy, gay kid growing up in the inner city, made by Barry Jenkins a cinephile director who take is time to tell stories who need time.

Barry Jenkins

Eight years after Medicine for Melancholy, Barry Jenkins, tells a timeless story of human connection and self-discovery. The film 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. At once a vital portrait of contemporary African American life and an intensely personal and poetic meditation on identity, family, friendship, and love, Moonlight is a groundbreaking piece of cinema that reverberates with deep compassion and universal truths. Anchored by extraordinary performances from a tremendous ensemble cast, Jenkins’s staggering, singular vision is profoundly moving in its portrayal of the moments, people, and unknowable forces that shape our lives and make us who we are.

In his  powerful review for the New York Times A.O. Scott wrote “To describe Moonlight, Barry Jenkins’s second feature, as a movie about growing up poor, black and gay would be accurate enough. It would also not be wrong to call it a movie about drug abuse, mass incarceration and school violence. But those classifications are also inadequate, so much as to be downright misleading. It would be truer to the mood and spirit of this breathtaking film to say that it’s about teaching a child to swim, about cooking a meal for an old friend, about the feeling of sand on skin and the sound of waves on a darkened beach, about first kisses and lingering regrets.” placed the film in a pantheon of artistic meditations on race in America, writing, “Like James Baldwin’s Go Tell It on the Mountain — or, to take a more recent example, like Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me — Moonlight dwells on the dignity, beauty and terrible vulnerability of black bodies, on the existential and physical matter of black lives.”

First this no-budget film hits the critics and… surprise… mid October it scored the highest per-screen average of 2016, debuting to a sizzling $414,740 in just four New York and Los Angeles theaters. And just like that it put Moonlight on the Oscar map!

We are sincerely wishing the best to this beautiful story and his teller Barry Jenkins!

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Oct. 26, 2016

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