Moonlight (2016 film)

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Directed by Barry Jenkins
Produced by
Screenplay by Barry Jenkins
Story by Tarell Alvin McCraney
Based on In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue
by Tarell Alvin McCraney [1]
Music by Nicholas Britell
Cinematography James Laxton
Edited by
Distributed by A24
Release date
  • September 2, 2016 (2016-09-02) ( Telluride)
  • October 21, 2016 (2016-10-21) (United States)
Running time
111 minutes [2]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $4 million [3]
Box office $65 million [4]

Moonlight is a 2016 American coming-of-age drama film written and directed by Barry Jenkins, based on Tarell Alvin McCraney's unpublished semi-autobiographical play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue. It stars Trevante Rhodes, André Holland, Janelle Monáe, Ashton Sanders, Jharrel Jerome, Naomie Harris, and Mahershala Ali.

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. [5] Filmed in Miami, Florida, beginning in 2015, Moonlight premiered at the Telluride Film Festival on September 2, 2016. Distributed by A24, the film was released in the United States on October 21, 2016, and grossed over $65 million worldwide against a $4 million budget.

Moonlight received critical acclaim upon its release. At the 74th Golden Globe Awards it won Best Motion Picture – Drama and was nominated in five other categories. The film won the Academy Award for Best Picture, along with Best Supporting Actor for Ali and Best Adapted Screenplay for Jenkins and McCraney, from a total of eight nominations. In 2017, The New York Times considered it the twentieth "Best Film of the 21st Century So Far". [6]

Moonlight became the first film with an all-black cast, the first LGBT film, and the second lowest-grossing film domestically (behind The Hurt Locker) to win the Oscar for Best Picture. [7] [8] [9] The film's editor, Joi McMillon, became the first black woman to be nominated for an editing Oscar (alongside co-editor Nat Sanders), and Ali became the first Muslim to win an acting Oscar. [10] [11]


i. Little

In Liberty City, Miami, Cuban drug dealer Juan finds Chiron, a withdrawn child nicknamed "Little", hiding from bullies in an abandoned crackhouse. Juan allows Chiron to spend the night with him and his girlfriend, Teresa, before returning Chiron to his mother, Paula.

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 crack with one of his customers. Juan berates her for her growing addiction, and she rebukes him for selling crack to her in the first place. She implies that she knows why Chiron gets beaten up by his peers, alluding to "the way he walks", before going home and taking out her frustrations on Chiron.

The next day, Chiron admits to Juan and Teresa that he hates his mother and asks what " faggot" means. Juan replies that it is okay to be gay and that Chiron should not allow other people to mock him. After asking Juan whether he sold drugs to Paula, Chiron leaves as Juan hangs his head.

ii. Chiron

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 blunt, the two discuss their ambitions and the nickname, "Black", that Kevin has given Chiron. They kiss, and Kevin masturbates Chiron.

The next morning, Terrel manipulates Kevin into participating in a hazing ritual. Kevin reluctantly punches Chiron until he is unable to stand before watching as Terrel and several others stomp on him. A social worker urges Chiron to reveal his attackers' identities but he refuses, believing that reporting them will not solve anything. The following day, Chiron smashes a chair into Terrel's back and is arrested. As the police escort Chiron out of school, he glares at Kevin.

iii. Black

Now going by the nickname "Black", the adult Chiron deals drugs in Atlanta. He receives frequent calls from Paula, who asks him to visit her at the drug treatment center where she now lives. He receives a call from Kevin, who invites Chiron to visit him in Miami. The next day, he wakes up after dreaming about Kevin to find he has had a wet dream.

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.

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