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4,033 Ratings


Directed by Barry Jenkins
United States, 2016
Drama, LGBT+


The tender, heartbreaking story of a young man’s struggle to find himself, told across three defining chapters in his life as he experiences the ecstasy, pain, and beauty of falling in love, while grappling with his own sexuality.

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Moonlight Directed by Barry Jenkins

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2017 | 3 wins including: Best Motion Picture of the Year

2017 | 5 nominations including: Best Achievement in Directing

Independent Spirit Awards

2017 | 6 wins including: Robert Altman Award

International Film Festival Rotterdam

2017 | Winner: Audience Award

What is film but a medium that asks us to experience worlds — physical and emotional — beyond our own? It’s when it brings us to tears or makes us overflow with joy that film has the possibility of slipping past our defenses to challenge how we perceive the world and maybe even ourselves. The way to accomplish this isn’t to try and tell a story that aims to speak to everyone but crafting one that traffics in specificity. No recent film does that with greater success than Moonlight.
April 21, 2017
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The Oscar-winning film Moonlight gives an impression throughout of being tinged with the color blue. Already in the beginning, after a blue car, its blue interior, white T-shirt and pillow tinted blue by morning light, blue sneaker soles, and blue plastic trash cans at the beach, comes an extraordinary scene of a black man holding a black boy’s body on top of the ocean, the camera lowered until it is fractionally submerged, enclosing the baptism by swimming lesson in pale sky and rolling water.
April 12, 2017
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Its delicate humanism; Laxton’s hauntingly intimate photography; the brilliant performances of the cast; Barry Jenkins’ masterful direction—this has all stayed with me since I reluctantly walked left the theatre on that balmy Saturday afternoon. The ushers had politely made their presence known as soon as the end credits began, but I was not ready to leave the cinema just yet… I wanted to listen closely to Nicholas Britell’s lush"End Credits Suite" as it played out the film’s closing credits.
March 14, 2017
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