Moonlight (2003)

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Dutch filmmaker Paula van der Oest directs the thriller Moonlight, which is set in Luxembourg but features English dialogue. Thirteen-year-old Claire (Laurien van den Broeck) has just gotten her first menstrual period. She lives in the suburbs with her concert pianist mother (Jemma Redgrave) and psychiatrist father (Johan Leysen). In the backyard of her house, she discovers a wounded young Afghan boy (Hunter Bussemaker), who has nearly escaped his fate as a drug mule. She takes care of his wounds and they become secret friends. Soon she witnesses the criminals, who are after the young boy and the drugs. They go on the run, followed by a vicious killer (Andrew Howard).

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There's an air of prefab provocation about the whole thing, and viewers should know that the director has a penchant for squirm-inducing images, not all of them strictly necessary.

Sep 29, 2006 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Moonlight is a disturbing and daring thriller with an exceptional performance by 13-year-old Laurien Van den Broeck.

Aug 18, 2006 | Rating: 3/4

A wild dream that spins into a nightmare, Moonlight isn't quite as provocative as it aims to be.

Aug 18, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4

In this English-language Dutch thriller, a 13-year-old girl and a young Afghan drug courier fall in love while fleeing his employers.

Aug 17, 2006 | Rating: 4/5

Not only is the candid (but never prurient) treatment of early-teen sexuality and drug use too hot to handle, but the narrative blend of fairy-tale wonder and nightmare logic feels sui generis.

Aug 15, 2006 | Full Review…

A contrived, rather unpleasant English-lingo thriller set in the Netherlands and Luxembourg, Moonlight takes a precocious love story between a young rich girl and an Afghan boy to kinky limits where few auds will want to tread.

Mar 7, 2006
Variety
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