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By leaving out a key component of the narrative, the filmmakers draw the Audience in--allowing them to become a part of the storytelling process.

Structure: 5/5 | Entertainment: 5/5

Watching Moonlight is a deeply personal experience. The focus on the Main Character Throughline, the cinematography, the editing—everything brings you in close and whispers Chiron's journey of self-actualization. But what really makes the film such an intimate portrayal is the clever omission of a key element of story structure.

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My original analysis of this Best Picture—while misguided in its...

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