There’s been a lot of political weight hung on Moonlight, mostly by virtue of being a compassionate narrative of poverty and the experience of growing up both gay and African American that’s emerged just as the US swings angrily to the right. However, it deserves far more than just a pat on the head for representation, and it’s boringly reductive to see it as a teachable moment. Compressing a life story into three 40-minute vignettes, we follow shy, bullied Chiron as he grows from a perennial victim to a gym-hardened drug dealer – all while he desperately, if unconsciously, seeks the peace self-realisation might bring him. His tentative steps to get there after some very dark obstacles are barely overcome add up to a profoundly moving experience. Preview
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