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MOONLIGHT

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Offering a rich, emotionall­y intense and subtle portrayal of both queerness and blackness, Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight is also visually spectacula­r; a film exceptiona­l in its depth, artistry and humanity. Based on the play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue by Tarell Alvin McCraney, Moonlight shows us three chapters in the life of young black man Chiron, who grows from a vulnerable child enduring abuse at school and at home, into a teen experienci­ng both homophobic violence and deep love. Travente Rhodes then plays our lead as a hulking yet haunted man, who has adopted the hardness that once terrorised him – but a late-night phone call may bring him back to who he once was, or could have been. Chiron is defined by his silence, and all three actors are stunning in their portrayal of core-deep wounds and a need so fierce it can’t be spoken. Jenkins’ intimate close-ups, atmospheri­c lighting and sensual portrayal of sound and touch prove breath-catchingly evocative, capturing the overwhelmi­ng force of both love and trauma. It’s a film about identity as a concept and experience, and will change you for the better.

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