While waiting for their big breaks, two proper L.A. dreamers, a suavely- charming, soft-spoken jazz pianist and a brilliant, vivacious playwright, attempt to reconcile aspirations and relationship in a magical old-school romance.
A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia. 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.
Three time periods - young adolescence, mid-teen and young adult - in the life of black-American Chiron is presented. When a child, Chiron lives with his single, crack addict mother Paula in a crime ridden neighborhood in Miami. Chiron is a shy, withdrawn child largely due to his small size and being neglected by his mother, who is more concerned about getting her fixes and satisfying her carnal needs than taking care of him. Because of these issues, Chiron is bullied, the slurs hurled at him which he doesn't understand beyond knowing that they are meant to be hurtful. Besides his same aged Cuban-American friend Kevin, Chiron is given what little guidance he has in life from a neighborhood drug dealer named Juan, who can see that he is neglected, and Juan's caring girlfriend Teresa, whose home acts as a sanctuary away from the bullies and away from Paula's abuse. With this childhood as a foundation, Chiron may have a predetermined path in life, one that will only be magnified in terms... Written by
During an interview, director Barry Jenkins mentioned that the idea of using the song Every N----r Is A Star by Boris Gardiner came from a sample from Kendrick Lamar's album To Pimp A Butterfly which starts with a sample of the original song. See more »
When young Chiron eats as a guest he is seen holding his fork differently than the adult Chiron in the diner at the end of the movie. See more »
So, o.k. lets have a shot at Oscar - O.k. but how - Lets make a movie
about black people - Sure, that's a good start, but not enough - Lets make it both about skin and sexuality - Hm, that is going somewhere, but still... - O.k. then, the full underprivileged minority mode: poverty, immigration, gay, drugs, skin color... - OK, great and whats the plot? - no plot, no deep inside drama, no photography. don't get lost here. we need to show that there exists a gay black man, who was bullied, whose fatherly figure is an immigrant, mother is a drug addict, and he lives in a black ghetto. - man, that's a WIN!
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