Moonlight (2003)

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… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: October 17, 2003
DVD Release Date: April 3, 2007
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

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

Ken Fox
TV Guide

A pretty daring -- and disconcerting -- depiction of adolescent sexuality.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

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

Joshua Land
Village Voice

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.

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Eric D. Snider

The situation compels you to keep watching, only to be disappointed when you realize the story's not going anywhere.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

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

Deborah Young

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.

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Marc Mohan

Van der Oest possesses a sure visual sense, and the lead performances are confident and promising, considering the actors' relative inexperience.

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