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Moonlight (2016)

R | | Drama | 18 November 2016 (USA)
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A timeless story of human self-discovery and connection, Moonlight chronicles the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.

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Shariff Earp ...
Terrence
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Azu (as Duan 'Sandy' Sanderson)
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Little (as Alex Hibbert)
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Teresa
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Herman 'Caheei McGloun ...
Longshoreman (as Herman 'Caheej' McCloun)
Kamal Ani-Bellow ...
Portable Boy 1
Keomi Givens ...
Portable Boy 2
Eddie Blanchard ...
Portable Boy 3
Rudi Goblen ...
Gee
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Mr. Pierce
Patrick Decile ...
Terrel
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Three time periods - young adolescence, mid-teen and young adult - in the life of black-American Chiron is presented. When a child, Chiron lives with his single, crack addict mother Paula in a crime ridden neighborhood in Miami. Chiron is a shy, withdrawn child largely due to his small size and being neglected by his mother, who is more concerned about getting her fixes and satisfying her carnal needs than taking care of him. Because of these issues, Chiron is bullied, the slurs hurled at him which he doesn't understand beyond knowing that they are meant to be hurtful. Besides his same aged Cuban-American friend Kevin, Chiron is given what little guidance he has in life from a neighborhood drug dealer named Juan, who can see that he is neglected, and Juan's caring girlfriend Teresa, whose home acts as a sanctuary away from the bullies and away from Paula's abuse. With this childhood as a foundation, Chiron may have a predetermined path in life, one that will only be magnified in terms... Written by Huggo

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Rated R for some sexuality, drug use, brief violence, and language throughout | See all certifications »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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$402,075 (USA) (21 October 2016)

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$11,479,757 (USA) (16 December 2016)
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Such were the budgetary constraints on this production, the cast had to share one trailer for costume, hair and makeup and one rest room stall had to be shared by cast and crew. See more »

Quotes

Little: [innocently] What's a faggot?
Juan: A faggot is... a word used to make gay people feel bad.
[pause]
Little: Am I a faggot?
Juan: No. You're not a faggot. You can be gay, but you don't have to let nobody call you a faggot.
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CUCURRUCUCÚ PALOMA
Written by Tomás Méndez (as Tomás Méndez Sosa)
Performed by Caetano Veloso
Courtesy of Universal International Music, B.V.
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Masterwork
3 September 2016 | by (Phoenix) – See all my reviews

Told in three parts, the story of a bullied boy ('Little") growing up with a lack of love and guidance in the slums of Miami, his life as an isolated, beleaguered teenager ("Chiron") and finally his persona and relationships as a man ("Black" ).

Script, directing, acting, cinematography, music were all outstanding. The acting will blow you away.

The themes at play have rarely been given such a realistic rendering. You feel as if you are watching a real boy cope with the strange unfairness he finds at every turn. And you are grateful for the occasional kindnesses he receives. The audience I was with at Telluride LOVED it. I feel it is a masterpiece.


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