Director: Barry Jenkins. Cast: Alex R. Hibbert, Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Ashton Sanders, Trevante Rhodes. 111 min. Rated R. Drama.
Three segments of a young black man's rough life (childhood, teenage, adulthood). The film is flawless: the performances are top-notch, the screenplay leaves no emotional stone unturned, the setting helps you understand what these characters are going through. Nevertheless, this reminded me of Brokeback Mountain, and how I was "told" by the entire world this is a masterpiece, but I was not able to connect. Not only House of Cards' Mahershala Ali and the new Miss Moneypenny Naomie Harris may win Best Supporting Actor Oscars, but the film may even win Best Picture. But I was not able to connect.