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After its remarkable run since its public premiere last September, “Moonlight” now stands in select company. Not merely the result of a singular effort, the accolades for “Moonlight” reflect contributions from everyone involved, from Barry Jenkins’ script and direction to James Laxton’s cinematography to Nicholas Brittell’s hypnotic score.
In front of the camera, the cast members who make up its historic ensemble each brought an unmistakable presence to their part of the story. It’s almost foolish to separate the three segments of “Moonlight,” which all communicate with each other in poetic, subtle ways. But there’s something about the film’s final chapter, featuring Trevante Rhodes and André Holland as an older Chiron and Kevin, that cements the film as a specific story that also transcends time and place.
Their conversations in a diner booth and in the front seats of car carry the weight of lost years, uncertainty and understanding. Their history shines through in their faces, leaving a lasting impact that moviegoers the world over will return to for years to come.
We had a chance to talk with Rhodes and Holland at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Their comments echo the idea that “Moonlight” doesn’t exist for a single audience. Chiron’s journey, including the people who become indelible parts of it, has a universal quality. Anyone searching for themselves and their place in the world can see a bit of that fundamental quest in “Moonlight.”