Moonlight ★★★★

A sensitive, taciturn boy grows up with his crack addicted single mother (a superb performance by Naomie Harris) in three stories taking place at different periods of his life. The film presents a uniquely realistic (at least as far as I could tell) view of African American life today in Miami and Atlanta. It also describes the experience of being black and gay in a cruel society of drugs and bullying. The casting of the characters as they age from pre-teen to late twenties is impeccable. All in all this was an exemplary American indie film which will garner deserved awards. However, for all its fine direction and acting, I felt an emotional remove from the story and characters. For me, the script lacked an identification factor, especially since the gay text was never satisfactorily presented or convincingly consummated, IMHO.

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