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
Kenneth Lonergan stated that he got bored with the original draft quite quickly. After six to eight months he threw out everything and restarted the movie with Casey Affleck shoveling snow. However, after seeing and loving the footage of Casey going out to sea on the boat it was edited to the beginning of the film. See more »
At the end of the boat scene where Lee, Patrick and Sandy are on the stern as it pulls away from the camera, there is a coil of rope at Lee's feet, which alternates from being coiled to uncoiled between shots. See more »
The end credits rolls on with background of nature, boats and the town, in particular the scenic beaches. See more »
In Australia, the film was originally passed MA-15+ uncut, however the distributors opted to re-edit the audio and cut the length of the film, in order to remove every use of the term 'c-t' and 'motherf--er'. Following these changes the film was later re-classified and the rating was lowered to 'M'. See more »
Rarely there is a film these days to come out of Hollywood that is so humane, realistic and straight to the point. Though it feels a little bit overdone at times, the performances and subtle writing made 'Manchester by the Sea' a drama of craftsmanship.
While many don't like it because it doesn't 'hit home', I like it just for that reason, cause it does 'hit home' in a way. The story is told in a way that happens exclusively in the real world, without escaping to some universe all the time. It's a tale of mourning, loss and pain. It could just happen to you. See, that's what gives 'Manchester by the Sea' it's relatability and humanity.
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