My husband and I watched Moonlight last night. This movie came out last year and is now nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture. It is about a young African-American boy, Chiron, growing up in Miami. The movie is divided into three parts, following him from a young boy, to a teenager and to a young adult.
A first Chiron is withdrawn and is bullied. He is befriended by a kind drug dealer and his girlfriend and tries to escape the wrath of his drug addicted mother. As a teen, Chiron struggles with his emerging feelings of being gay and toward his childhood friend, Kevin. He also finally sticks up for himself against a bully. As an adult, Kevin calls him out of the blue and they meet up after years apart.
I think I preferred the first and second parts of the movie, but overall, it was a really powerful story. Especially heartbreaking was Chiron’s relationship with his mother and how that affected the rest of his life.