Run time: 2h13

Director: Kenneth Lonergan

Cast: Casey Affleck, Lucas Hedges, Kyle Chandler, Michelle Williams

Synopsis: Casey Affleck stars as Lee, a man whose spare existence is suddenly ruptured when the death of his brother Joe (Kyle Chandler) forces him to return to the hometown he abandoned years before. Rocked by contact with his estranged ex-wife (Michelle Williams) and the revelation that Joe has made him guardian of his teenage son (Lucas Hedges), Lee is forced to face up to painful memories and new-found levels of responsibility as he reconnects with his family.


Written and directed by Kenneth Lonergan [Margaret (2011), You Can Count on Me (2000)], Casey Affleck [Gone Baby Gone (2007); The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007) The Finest Hours (2016)]  gives a towering performance in this heart-wrenching drama of loss and redemption.

Rude, withdrawn and quick to anger, Boston handyman Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) is clearly a troubled man. When he receives news of the sudden death of his beloved brother Joe (Kyle Chandler) from heart failure, Lee sets off alone for his Massachusetts home town of Manchester-by-the Sea. Here he learns that he has become guardian of his 16-year-old nephew, Patrick (Lucas Hedges). But returning home also means confronting his troubled past and the tragic events that forced him to leave, separating him from his wife, Randi (Michelle Williams).

Exceptionally skilful writer/director Kenneth Lonergan succeeds superbly in drawing us into these brilliantly sketched lives, withholding key information for maximum emotional effect. He is magnificently served by an outstanding cast and gets a career-best performance from Casey Affleck. This soulful, intimate and deeply moving film has deservedly received universal critical acclaim.

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