Academic journal article Journal of Religion and Film

Tired Moonlight

Academic journal article Journal of Religion and Film

Tired Moonlight

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Tired Moonlight

(2014)

Directed by Britni West

Britni West's "love letter to rural America" is like a moving postcard of a local town and the people who endure its rustic simplicity. The main character is not a particular person but the visual imagery of Montana's hidden settings, which are beautifully captured through a grainy stain of times forgotten. Fireworks, roadkill, ice cream, pay phones, and beer reveal the magic of mundane life as it presses on.

The narrative arc of the film observes three generations of this small town's natives: Dawn, a cleaning lady at a roadside motel; Dawn's daughter Sarah, a young adult who got pregnant and married too young; and Rainy, Sarah's sweet four year old. We see them dream and hope for a brighter future despite their current disillusionment as they mingle with a plethora of eclectic neighbors. The local people come together during the small celebrations of life; talent shows, Saturday night car races, Fourth of July celebrations. Surprisingly, institutional religion plays no part in the construction of this environment. Meaning is molded through their desire for love, attachment, fulfillment, and a brighter tomorrow. …

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