Moonlight ★★★★★

Moonlight is a sad and gentle film with a raw power. It's feelings and moods are so distilled and universal that it would be difficult not to be moved by it. It will stand along other classics of boyhood like The 400 Blows. Other classics about becoming a man like the Apu Trilogy. And it will be remembered, as many of the greatest romances are, as a film about longing for love.

The three portrayals of our protagonist Chiron are striking in their cohesiveness and their detail. Each act follows him as he deals with the consequences of identity, and through many powerful confrontations with mentors, friends, and family. All played through with dignity by a powerful supporting cast, including a breakthrough performance by Mahershala Ali. His character Juan is one of the most kind and tragic figures in maybe all of american cinema.

In fact we would be lucky if all American cinema was as kind, gentle, and graceful as Moonlight. This is one of the 2016's landmark films. I hope you all get a chance to see it.

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