I love Moonlight and I love Arrival, and I walked out of each movie with feelings not so different from each other. Our artistic era seems disillusioned with ending a movie in a traditional "best case scenario", but more interested in the portrayal of empathy and the never ending quest to discover the essence of our own beings. These movies show the frustration that goes in hand in hand with adolescence - the waiting for the world to give you the tools you need to shape yourself into who you want to be. They show the consuming fear of choosing the wrong path or identity, the unavoidable constraints that stick to us from the day we're born- aspects of our being and situation that we cannot whittle away, or even change their shapes. I love these movies because they capture - they scream - the truth about our experiences as humans. We are complicated, persevering, broken, healing creatures that deserve to feel understood and cared for. In these years of uncertainty, Hollywood is reminding us to love and to listen. We will never do anything more important.