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||$1.5 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 before asking what the word "faggot" means. Juan replies by stating that it is okay to be gay and that Chiron should not allow other people to mock him for it. After asking Juan whether he sold drugs to Paula, Chiron leaves as Juan hangs his head in shame.
Now a teenager, Chiron juggles avoiding his classmate Terrel, who frequently bullies him, and spending time with Teresa, who has lived alone since Juan's death. Paula supports her crack addiction with prostitution, frequently coercing Chiron into giving her money that Teresa lends him.
One night, Chiron has a dream in which his friend Kevin has sex with a woman in Teresa's backyard. On another 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", an 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 before assuring him that she loves him even if he doesn't love her. He forgives her.
Chiron then travels to Miami and reunites with Kevin, who now waits tables and cooks at a diner. He prepares a chef's special, 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 didn't work out, he is fulfilled by his role as a father. Kevin confesses that he is surprised by Chiron's muscular appearance, occupation, and motivation for seeing him. 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 the way he had hoped, he is still happy. Chiron admits he has not been intimate since their encounter on the beach. As Kevin comforts him, the film cuts to a shot of Chiron as a child alone on the beach in the moonlight. He turns to face the camera before the screen cuts to black.