Written by S. Bowyer

 

Pink Moon

 

     At first inspection, Pink Moon feels like a typical drama piece where an attractive young girl is hiding a boy in her room. However, we soon find out that Ben, the boy hiding in her room, lives two lives. What the viewer takes for granted is that the lifestyle being depicted is normal. Not in Pink Moon. The film aims to turn ideals of sexuality on their head, as their reality is where homosexual relationships are normal, and heterosexuality is the abomination. We find out that Ben's other life is the public life he spends with his boyfriend, which is encouraged by his family. His life is disrupted when his community find out that Ben has been secretly dating a female. Worse still, we learn they have become pregnant, which is tighty controlled in their world. Heterosexual lifestyles are persecuted and as such, children are normally placed up for adoption with normal male-male or female-female partnerships.

 

 

 

     Although only running for 17 minutes, Pink Moon feels complete and defines its themes, characters, and opinions very quick and realistically. There is no time wasted why their society is based on homosexual relationships being the norm and breeders -- heterosexual people -- are seen as wrong, as the film instead directs its attention to show that, in essence, love is love. The relationship Ben shares with his female companion is just as nourishing as with his male partner.

     What else stands out in this movie is the decisions that are altered by their reality, including the re-emergence of suspicious and illegal operations that support those who wish to go against their society. While we have not seen those types of actions since many surgeries became more common-place, such as abortions, gender re-alignment surgery, societal education on female genital mutilation, and body modification, it does highlight the strength people will have to serve their purpose despite what people tell them they should not want.

     The movie should interest viewers on many levels, however, it should be stated this is a gay-friendly film and contains scenes of male-male affection. Although, based on the subject matter, I should also warn gay audiences that this is also a heterosexual-friendly film and contains male-female affection too. Pink Moon was written to express issues confronting young gay members of society, however, does not -- thankfully -- buy into stereotypes or over-glittered characters that we have seen in other formats. The characters remain realistic and honest. The movie is intriguing for both straight and gay viewers, the movie tapping into the finer points of love, not just a projected image that is designed to entertain or fit into modern expectations.

     The film has been given many good reviews from top film reviewers.

     "(A) subtle, moving film," said The Huffington Post.

     "(A) resolutely humanistic approach that leaves an impression not easily forgotten," commented reviewers at Interview Magazine.


     Pink Moon started as a Kickstarter campaign, created by Sal Bardo, the director, screenwriter and producer. They made their 10k goal and the film was made. Many were impressed by his video which described the work in great detail and passion. The story of Pink Moon was a finalist in the Cinestory Screenwriting Competition, and Final Draft's Big Break Screenwriting Contest, both in 2013.

     Bardo is not a stranger to film-making. His previous films, Sam and Chaser also looked at different gay issues and were screened in film festivals during 2013.

     Pink Moon can be seen in its entirety on Sal Bardo's website

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