The film presents three stages in the life of the main character: his childhood, adolescence, and early adult life. It explores the difficulties he faces with his sexuality and identity, including the physical and emotional abuse he endures growing up. Moonlight has been cited as one of the best films of the 21st century. In Liberty City , Miami at the height of the crack epidemic , Afro-Cuban drug dealer Juan finds Chiron, a withdrawn child who goes by the nickname "Little," hiding from a group of bullies in a crackhouse. He lets Chiron spend the night with him and his girlfriend Teresa before returning Chiron to his mother Paula, who revokes his TV privileges as punishment for worrying her. Chiron continues to spend time with Juan, who teaches him how to swim and mentors him, telling him he can choose his own path in life.
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Barry Jenkins is sitting by the window in a hotel suite high up in a Rotterdam skyscraper just a day after his second feature Moonlight has been nominated for eight Academy Awards. I thought we had done good work. Moonlight is a coming of age story in three parts that tells the story of Chiron, a young, gay black boy growing up very poor in a rough part of Miami. One reason why Moonlight has so enraptured audiences and critics is that it deftly and continually defies expectations. The streetwise drug dealer Juan Mahershala Ali turns out to be one of the most sensitive and selfless characters in the film. The frazzled, drug addict mother is devoted to her son in her own delinquent way.
Moonlight isn’t all about sex – and it’s all the more queer for it
By not showing physical intimacy, Barry Jenkins allows sexuality to surface in his film in other ways. M oonlight is a meticulously crafted, brilliantly acted and sumptuously shot coming-of-age film about a young, black gay kid growing up in poverty in suburban Miami. Or Milk , which went some way to desexualise its title character and still missed out on Best Picture.
Talented, handsome and impeccably well-dressed, the Miami native has made one of the most supremely beautiful movies about the gay experience ever. Hollywood is notoriously unapologetic for giving queer roles to straight, cisgender actors. It originated with Tarell Alvin McCraney. It was a mutual friend who suggested Barry check it out. Stylistically, his voice is almost avant-garde.