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Manchester by the Sea (2016)

R | | Drama | 16 December 2016 (USA)
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A depressed uncle is asked to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy's father dies.

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Mrs. Groom (2nd tenant)
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Mr. Emery (as Stephen McKinley Henderson)
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Lenny - the bartender
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Sharon
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Lee Chandler is a brooding, irritable loner who works as a handyman for a Boston apartment block. One damp winter day he gets a call summoning him to his hometown, north of the city. His brother's heart has given out suddenly, and he's been named guardian to his 16-year-old nephew. As if losing his only sibling and doubts about raising a teenager weren't enough, his return to the past re-opens an unspeakable tragedy. Written by Jwelch5742

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Rated R for language throughout and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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16 December 2016 (USA)  »

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Box Office

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$8,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$256,498, 20 November 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$47,695,120, 21 April 2017

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$62,201,310, 19 March 2017
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Trivia

Kenneth Lonergan and Matthew Broderick have been friends since they were fifteen years old. See more »

Goofs

In one of the early scenes where Lee shovels snow outside the apartment building, the shovel goes from a metal gray shovel to a red plastic shovel. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Bethany: But it's not a good disease.
[pause]
Joe Chandler: What is a good disease?
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Jimmy Fallon/Harry Styles (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Chérubin
Written by Jules Massenet
Performed by Münchner Rundfunkorchester (as Munich Radio Orchestra) and the Bavarian State Opera Chorus (as Choir Chorus of the Bavarian State Opera)
Mezzo-soprano: Frederica Von Stade
Bass Vocal: Samuel Ramey
Soprano: June Anderson and Dawn Upshaw
Courtesy of Sony Classical
by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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and the Oscar for Best Actor goes to...
16 September 2016 | by See all my reviews

After the sudden death of his older brother, Lee, played by Casey Affleck, is made legal guardian of his son Patrick. He then returns to his hometown and is forced to deal with a tragic past that separated him from his family and the community he was born and raised in.

Kenneth Lonergan is such an extraordinary and talented writer; his beautifully, and richly, textured drama draws upon the timeless themes of recovery, redemption, and the persistence of guilt in such a way that feels fresh. The emotion is never overbearing for the sake of being overbearing, rather it feels all too real, which is a credit to the writing as much as it is to the fantastic performances.

This is the 'Casey Affleck show' from beginning to end; you can just give him the 'Best Actor' Oscar right now and save everyone a whole lot of trouble. He radiates this aura of subtle magnetism so brilliantly and effortlessly; there's not a single emotion on the spectrum that goes unexploited.

As much as the film is about Lee and his internal journey from tragedy to something a lot more hopeful, it's also about his nephew, played by Lucas Hedges, who has a very bright future, and his personal struggle to cope with his father's death. Despite having a small yet significant part in the film, Michelle Williams' performance is a treasure to behold. There's one scene, in particular, where she got everyone in attendance wishing they brought a tissue.

Unlike many big-budget studio movies, MANCHESTER BY THE SEA is not afraid to make the audience work and test the viewer's patience with its constant, and unannounced, cutting between past and present, as well as its unwavering unravelling of character background and motivation. In fact, one of its best aspects is the lack of close-ups. Almost everything is filmed from afar, which reflects Lee's emotional distancing. And it's not until later where you finally find out why this guy has detached himself from the rest of the world. Then, from that point on, you're in his head; you watch the film unfold from a point-of-view almost entirely foreign to how you viewed it at first.

Regardless of the second half's slackening pace and film's familiar DNA, this is without a doubt the most personal and heart wrenching film of 2016 thus far. Maybe even the best.


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