SXSW 2017 Review: THE LIGHT OF THE MOON

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By Jan Hamilton

Bonnie and Matt are a devoted, successful young couple living in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn.  She is an architect, they both work long hours, and late one night after Bonnie goes out drinking with friends, and she walks the short trip back to her apartment alone.  She is pulled into an empty building by an unknown man and sexually assaulted and beaten.  At first she doesn’t even want to report it, but she finally does, and tells Matt.

She tells her friends and people at work that it was just a mugging.  Matt reacts as one hopes he would; he is totally supportive and sympathetic.  He does everything he can do to try to help, but Bonnie starts to pull away from him. She just wants things to go back to normal, but it is clear she has not really dealt with the traumatic effect the incident has had on her and fails to see how it is affecting every area of her life.  How, and if she and Matt are able to go on with their lives makes up the rest of the film.  Bonnie, played by Stephanie Beatriz, a cast member of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, is better known for comedy, but does a great job in this drama.  Matt (Michael Stahl-David) is also great.

The Bottom Line: This is an compelling film about an uncomfortable subject, and is handled in a realistic and non-sensational way.  It is very well done.

Director:  Jessica M. Thompson

Executive Producer:  Stephanie Beatriz, Carl Cook, Gail Hili,

Raymond K. Javdan, Esq., Sreekanth Middela

Producer:  Michael Cuomo, Jessica M. Thompson, Carlo Velayo

Screenwriter: Jessica M. Thompson

Cinematographer: Autumn Eakin

Editor: Jessica M. Thompson

Production Designer: Lauren Helms

Sound Designer: Darin Hallinan

Music: David Torn

Principal Cast: Stephanie Beatriz, Michael Stahl-David, Conrad Ricamora,

Catherine Curtin, Olga Merediz, Cindy Cheung, Susan Heyward, Craig Walker,

Cara Loften, Michael Cuomo

Additional Credits: Casting Director: Bess Fifer, Line Producer: Isaac Wilkins,

Production Manager: Carly Anne Kenneally,

Location Sound Mixer: Odin Redd,

Chief Lighting Technician: David McCabe Jr.,

Key Grip: Robert Newman,

Hair & Makeup Department Head: Tara Zielenski,

Co-Producer: Myriam Schroeter,

Co-Producer: Ashley Van Egeren,

Associate Producer: Alice M. Bacon

 

 

 

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