Moonlight (2016 film)
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|Screenplay by||Barry Jenkins|
|Based on||In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue
by Tarell Alvin McCraney 
|111 minutes |
|Budget||$4 million |
|Box office||$65 million |
Moonlight is a 2016 American
The film presents three stages in the life of the main character. It explores the difficulties he faces with his sexuality and identity, including the physical and emotional abuse he endures growing up.
 Filmed in
Moonlight received critical acclaim upon its release. At the
Moonlight became the first film with an all-black cast, the first
Chiron continues to spend time with Juan, who teaches him how to swim and advises him to make his own path in life. One night, Juan encounters Paula smoking
The next day, Chiron admits to Juan and Teresa that he hates his mother and asks what "
Now a teenager, Chiron juggles avoiding his classmate Terrel, who bullies him, and spending time with Teresa, who has lived alone since Juan's death. Paula supports her crack addiction with prostitution, and coerces Chiron into giving her money that Teresa lends him.
Chiron has a dream in which his friend Kevin has sex with a woman in Teresa's backyard. One night, Kevin visits Chiron at the beach near his house. While smoking a
The next morning, Terrel manipulates Kevin into participating in a
Now going by the nickname "Black", the adult Chiron deals drugs in
While visiting his mother, Chiron admits that he feels remorse for his lack of empathy towards her. Paula apologizes for having been a bad mother and for not loving him when he needed it, and promises that she loves him even if he does not love her. He forgives her.
Chiron travels to Miami and reunites with Kevin, who now waits tables and cooks at a diner. Kevin probes Chiron about his life and why he came to visit, but Chiron is reluctant to speak or drink with Kevin. Kevin tells Chiron that he had a child with an old girlfriend and, although the relationship ended, he is fulfilled by his role as a father. Kevin confesses that he is surprised by Chiron's macho appearance, occupation, and attitude. Chiron asks why Kevin called him and Kevin plays a song on the jukebox that made him think of Chiron.
After dinner, the two drive to Kevin's home. Kevin tells Chiron that, although his life may not have turned out as he had hoped, he is happy. Chiron breaks down and admits he has not been intimate with anybody since their encounter on the beach. Kevin comforts him and they embrace.