moonlight-poster-lgThree chapters in the life of a young black male coming to terms with his sexuality and the rough Miami environment he lives in with his addict mother (a deceptively low-key Naomie Harris –Skyfall, Mandela: Long Road to Freedom).

Small in scale, ambitious in scope, writer/director Barry Jenkins (Medicine for Melancholy) has scored a minor ensemble masterpiece with this beautifully modulated, understated urban drama. Sitting as three short stories as 8 year-old Little grows into 16 year-old Chiron who becomes 20something Black, the deeply bullied sadness of adolescence turns into a poignant, palpable yearning.

Pure melancholic poetry.

Rating: 91%


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