The Light of the Moon

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The Light of the Moon traces one woman's tortured journey beyond sexual assault with powerful empathy, marking writer-director Jessica M. Thompson as a talent to watch.



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Bonnie, a young and successful Latina architect, is sexually assaulted while walking home from an evening out with friends in Brooklyn. At first, she attempts to keep the assault a secret from her long-term boyfriend Matt, but the truth quickly emerges. Bonnie emphatically denies the impact of what has just happened to her. She fights to regain normalcy and control of her life, but returning to her old life is more complicated than expected. Her attempt to recapture the intimacy she previously had with Matt falters and cracks begin to surface in their relationship. Another attack in the neighborhood only drives Bonnie further into denial, before an encounter with an at-risk woman causes her to face the truth and confront her own self-blame.

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Critic Reviews for The Light of the Moon

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (33) | Rotten (1)

  • A clear-eyed film that's clinical in its specifics.

    Nov 16, 2017 | Full Review…
  • The movie is about choices, alternatives, and how one woman regains control and balance through patience, trust and courage.

    Nov 6, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

    Rex Reed

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  • A nuanced and sensitive exploration of the many ways rape affects a person's life, even as she tries like hell to get back to normal.

    Nov 1, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • As a resource for those looking to understand the process of recovery, it's hard to imagine a more comprehensive or sympathetic look at the challenge of surviving.

    Oct 31, 2017 | Full Review…
  • This is a micro-budget movie, cobbled together from the corners that it's cut and riddled with rookie mistakes, but none of that will likely matter to the people who need it most.

    Oct 31, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • The frank ways in which Thompson and Beatriz channel Bonnie make it clear that there's a lot of respect for this complex character navigating life-altering trauma.

    Oct 26, 2017 | Full Review…

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