MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
After the death of his older brother Joe (Kyle Chandler), Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) is shocked to learn that Joe has made him sole guardian of his nephew Patrick (Lucas Hedges). Taking leave of his job, Lee reluctantly returns to Manchester-by-the-Sea to care for Patrick, a spirited 16-year-old, and is forced to deal with a past that separated him from his wife Randi (Michelle Williams) and the community where he was born and raised. Bonded by the man who held their family together, Lee and Patrick struggle to adjust to a world without him.
Kenneth Lonergan’s deeply moving return shows what a rare storyteller he is, measuring out his narrative beats in a world which crackles with life, guiding Casey Affleck’s magnificent performance, instantly recognisable as a career-best.
Lonergan is the master of taking a scene that starts off as something familiar, then sending it spinning off in another direction, and then pulling back at just the right moment, as the viewer’s imagination hurtles ahead to fill in the gaps.
New York Magazine
To say Lonergan has evolved further with his third feature would be an understatement: He toggles between his new plot’s years with the relaxed mastery of Boyhood’s Richard Linklater. Plus, he’s finally got a complex central performance that anchors his ambitions to cinema’s all-time great brooders.
Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester By The Sea is an extraordinarily wise and well-observed film about what can happen to someone when life gives them more than they can handle, and Casey Affleck’s lead performance is, simply put, the model of what great film acting should look like.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Casey Affleck)
Best Original Screenplay (Kenneth Lonergan)
Best Motion Picture of the Year
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (Lucas Hedges)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Michelle Williams)
Best Achievement in Directing (Kenneth Lonergan)
Best Leading Actor
Best Original Screenplay
+ 4 other nominations
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama (Casey Affleck)
+ 4 other nominations
Critics 96% Audience 80%
Critics positive review 100% Audience liked it 78%
Stockbridge Audience: 74.6%
Total number of votes 68
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