Moonlight: all the delicacy of the world on Arte

REVIEW – With this moving film retracing, until adulthood, the journey of a black kid from the poor neighborhoods of Miami, filmmaker Barry Jenkins received the Oscar in 2017. To see where to see again this Wednesday March 16 at 8:55 p.m. on Arte.

The 2017 Oscars will go down in history for the best misunderstanding. Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, the presenters of the best picture statuette, did not have the right envelope. They gave winner La La Land, and Damien Chazelle began his acceptance speech before being interrupted. His smile froze. Correction, the Oscar goes to Moonlight.

Three sharp ellipses

The film by Barry Jenkins, an almost unknown 37-year-old director, does not make Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone dance. He doesn’t make anyone dance, by the way. It tells the story of Chiron, a black kid from Liberty City, a poor neighborhood in Miami. A portrait in three stages which corresponds to three stages of life: child, adolescent and adult. Three sharp ellipses. Three formidable actors who give a face to a suffering that does not say its name. To write that Chiron is homosexual makes no sense since Moonlight shows with infinite delicacy a sexual identity killed, bullied, repressed under muscles and codes…

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