The Light of the Moon
Directed by Jessica M. Thompson
After a New York City woman is sexually assaulted while walking home one evening, she struggles to accept the truth and rediscover the intimacy within her relationship.
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★★★½ review by ellie on Letterboxd
if the world was fair stephanie beatriz would be getting some recognition for her work in this movie
★★★★ review by i, jose on Letterboxd
why isn't this movie not being talked about? i'm speechless right now. stephanie beatriz is certainly someone we do not deserve.
★★★★ review by Marian on Letterboxd
i love stephanie beatriz so much I LOVE HER
★★★★ review by Jacob on Letterboxd
"I really need to tell you something."
There's a certain comfort in seeing a familiar but often butchered premise finally developed properly. Above all else, The Light of the Moon feels honest and understanding, highlighting the conflict in the smallest moments. This is a movie about feeling secure, mentally and physically, and the emotional struggle that immediately follows trauma. We face the unexciting aspects of the aftermath because they are true nevertheless, and people must do these day to day tasks regardless of what happened to them the night before. The visual direction is not without flaws, but the vulnerability it pulls from every actor more than compensates. Stephanie Beatriz is truly fantastic here, acting with her entire body and never once letting a word ring false. The inciting incident is a horrific one to watch, and the rest of the film is similarly uncomfortable, but there's an essential lightness to this that keeps it from over being too much. I'm happy to have paid to see this.
★★★½ review by riley on Letterboxd
written from a female director’s perspective, jessica m. thompson shows us the true reality of a female sexual assault victim portrayed by stephanie beatriz, giving us a raw performance by portraying bonnie, a victim struggling to settle back into reality while trying to slowly accept herself and find meaning in her life again and fixing her failing relationship with her partner, her colleagues and family. it’s difficult to watch at times but it’s showed in a way that is wholehearted and honest and it’s one of the most important things we need to see in a movie that talks about a sensitive topic.
also shoutout to all the other female sexual assault victims still out there struggling finding a voice, you are heard and you are valid.
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