'Moonlight' is essentially three short stories woven into a larger tapestry. Each features the same protagonist but at different times of his life: child, teenager, man. This film is indeed about the struggles and difficulties of a person embracing his culturally reviled sexuality, but the story is universal in scope and intent. It is about poverty, intolerance, the battle to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles, and love. This is a serious Oscar contender, and after recent non-inclusion issues, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has in 'Moonlight' exactly the kind of small, smart film that the Awards should be recognizing more often. Whether it will actually win is another matter: Jenkins's script and his direction are bracingly free of the sentimentality Oscar so loves.
USA 2016 Barry Jenkins 111m