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2,880 Ratings

Manchester by the Sea

Directed by Kenneth Lonergan
United States, 2016


An uncle is obliged to return home to care for his nephew after his brother dies. Not knowing that he has been named guardian, he struggles with the decision. Throughout the movie he recounts past memories that caused him to leave Manchester and distance himself from his past.

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Manchester by the Sea Directed by Kenneth Lonergan

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2017 | 4 nominations including: Best Motion Picture of the Year

2017 | 2 wins including: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role

Independent Spirit Awards

2017 | 4 nominations including: Best Supporting Male

2017 | Winner: Best Male Lead

More than a melodrama about men, Manchester by the Sea stages the melodrama of masculinity. The film derives its considerable emotional power from its slow and skillful (albeit manipulative) revelation of these originary losses, particularly the gut-wrenching way in which Lee lost his family and has ended up where we find him at the movie’s start: alone, shut down
January 15, 2017
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It could have been shot on film, lit splendidly, the New England sky an omnipresent observer of every humiliation. Instead Lonergan relies on the poignantly ordinary surroundings, the hopelessly realistic, in order to better communicate the true horror of enduring hardship. Life will not be beautiful to better contextualize your suffering. It will always pile on indignities. You will always be just a human, governed by your wretched frailty and the randomness of life and death.
January 14, 2017
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Without ever lapsing into histrionics, Lonergan’s latest maps out the architecture of grieving by vacillating between mundanity and hardship with an erratic, halting, organic rhythm that borders on the arbitrary. Bonus points for the precise representation of the region’s cultural artifacts (like Ipswich and Wachusett Ales, Newbury Comics stickers and Market Basket shopping bags), which is a real tonic after Spotlight.
January 06, 2017
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