Manchester by the Sea (2016)

“minor-key misery”

Directed by Kenneth Lonergan
Starring: Casey Affleck, Lucas Hedges, Michelle Williams and Kyle Chandler

Manchester shares many traits with its main character, Lee (Affleck), dipping into a painful past through flashbacks and carrying a constant air of melancholy. It’s a small movie in almost every sense; with mundanity and struggle surrounding an emotionally explosive core and powerful character moments revealed with little grandeur. Affleck and Hedges shine as their relationship sputters along trying to find a version of themselves that fit together, and while the focus on emotional emptiness can occasionally make things too reserved, this is a very real reflection of the damage and loss people can go (and put themselves) through.

Lee Chandler: I can’t beat it. I can’t beat it. I’m sorry.

Further Reading:

Michael Nordine’s ‘Bennett Miller on ‘Manchester by the Sea’: ‘The Film Itself Feels Conscious’ posted on IndieWire 8th December 2016, available here

Kristen Page-Kirby’s ‘‘Manchester by the Sea’ director Kenneth Lonergan was inspired by … the Marx Brothers?!‘ from The Washington Post available here

What do you think of Manchester by the Sea? Leave a comment below!

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