Barry Jenkins, Moonlight, 2016

Ambitious in so many ways, Moonlight is the story of an African-American gay man growing up in a USA that is perhaps more intolerant than ever. In his second feature following Medicine For Melancholy, writer-director Barry Jenkins successfully employs three different actors to portray the same character at three different ages. Charismatic newcomer Alex Hibbert plays the naive schoolboy living with his emotionally unreliable addict mother, Ashton Sanders is the bullied teenager fully discovering his sexuality and American football star Trevante Rhodes gives a breakout performance as the confident drug-dealing adult, a tribute to the role model who helped him endure his difficult upbringing.

Never less than riveting, Moonlight chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world.

Moonlight | Official Trailer HD | A24

Moonlight, dir. Barry Jenkins, USA 2016, 111 mins.

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