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 ethan on Letterboxd
tw; sexual assualt/ suicide
do you remember me? i have been reminding myself to ask that for a while but never quite had the courage. i mean how could you? truly ask someone if they even knew you? it was only a few weeks since it happened but it feels like years ago to me it was. yet the memory is as current and as clear as any as i hear myself saying no multiple times first jokingly then getting louder and slightly more pathetic. you said it was the first time you have ever "had fun" with a boy. fun. was it fun? was it fun for you? was it meant to be fun? is it fun when i cried myself to sleep every night? was it fun when you wouldnt stop texting me for hours and hours sending wide eyed emojis to make your texts less predatory? was it fun when you shouted at me for avoiding you at school and made me feel bad even though i didnt know how to act around you? was it fun when i finally confronted you you claimed you were going to kill yourself? was that meant to be fun? you seem to be having fun now you hang out with my friends a lot. yet you still cant look at me. you smile a lot nowdays more than you have previously. is it because we dont talk? were you able to forget that easily? i wish it was that easy for me. i dont have many friends yet the ones i do have i feel like i cant go up to because your there. im crying now. have you ever felt like this before? probably not. i wish you did. i rarely wish pain inflicted on anybody but i wish you just knew for a second just for a second what it is like. the amount of shame and pain you feel from even entering the school. how awful you feel its burning every day yet you cannot explain why. i wish i didnt have to see you. i wish i didnt have to see you every day. i wish i wasnt so pathetic i turn silent whenever you are near. i wish the head teacher would stop calling it a "falling out" and a "teenage experience" because it isnt. to you maybe but you wont have to live with the memory for the rest of your years. you will never understand. i wish you did.
★★★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 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.
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