moonlight_2016_film

Moonlight

moonlight_2016_film

Easily, one of the most powerful movies I have seen this year. The narrative is a very intense, specific and outspoken situation of growing up poor, black and gay, but also living in the reality of being bullied at school and having a dysfunctional life at home. The movie is separated into three different acts, the first one is him being a young boy, then an adolescent in school and the third one, Chiron plays the terrific role of a grown up man, figuring out who he is and dealing with the fact that the world do not understand why and who he chose to become based on his life experiences and internal challenges, but also based on what the society impose to be as acceptable and valid. He grows up in a very difficult environment, where his mother is a drug addict and the father figure in his life is missing. The movie does a phenomenal job at capturing the harsh urban life, that a lot of kids these days grow up in, and the challenges we all face as adolescents. With a totally different background and coming from a different country and culture, this movie is so breathtakingly accurate and real, in terms of how confusing and sometimes lonely it can become for us, teenagers and eventually adults, to build our own identity and really embrace who we are. Even though, the movie can be described and seen as an issue for race or sexuality, I do believe that there is a more complete layer of understanding the clever work about self-identity. The way the director stopped the storyline right at the moment where each of us can fill in the narrative and the silence with our own emotions and personal experiences was a very powerful tool to grasp the audience and absorb all of us into a very real and introspective story. The cinematographic effects, the directing and the performances of the actors are done in a very mature and captivating way. The use of colors and the desaturation or the intensity of hues in various scenes, accentuated different emotions and moments in Chiron’s life, but also engaged the viewers in his own struggle.moonlight-movie-clip-juan-brings-little-home-16175-large

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