Manchester By The Sea
Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler, Lucas Hedges, Liam McNeill & C.J. Wilson
Director: Kenneth Lonergan
Running Time: 138 minutes
Certificate: 15 - contains very strong language
WINNER OF TWO OSCARS: BEST ACTOR (CASEY AFFLECK) & BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY)
WINNER OF TWO BAFTAs: BEST ACTOR (CASEY AFFLECK) & BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
GOLDEN GLOBE AWARD WINNER: BEST ACTOR (DRAMA): CASEY AFFLECK
"Casey Affleck joins the ranks of giants in a tremendously moving portrait of grief. Manchester By The Sea is an emotional powerhouse with the weave of great literature"
- Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"Perhaps the most emotionally intelligent film you will see this year sees Casey Affleck give a complex, taciturn performance, becoming a constant heartache for the audience, as the mystery of his past is slowly revealed"
- Kate Muir, The Times
"A marvellous drama of rage and grief, the film goes beyond a drama about a misfit duo. It builds each character as a sovereign, complex ego. It’s as moving for what it doesn’t say as for what it speaks out or spells out"
- Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
"Affleck recalls Brando in On The Waterfront - and there’s not much higher praise than that. Masterfully told and beautifully acted, Manchester By The Sea is a shattering yet graceful elegy of loss and grief"
- Phil De Semlyen, Empire
"Affleck’s committed turn as a man calcified by grief is harrowing to watch. Yet Manchester By The Sea offers its own particular joys, going places that few movies dare to consider these days. It’s a triumph. And Lonergan cements his reputation as one of the most vital voices in US cinema"
- Jamie Graham, Total Film
"What unfolds is a superb portrait of grief; of what it is like to be both living and dead. Lonergan provides an exquisitely painful examination of a life in purgatory"
- Camilla Long, Sunday Times Culture
Tender, brutal and utterly mesmerising, the third feature film from the Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright Kenneth Lonergan is one of the most visually eloquent and emotionally devastating explorations of grief and redemption in recent cinema.
Casey Affleck gives an indelible, career-defining performance as the laconic, calcified Lee, a man whose spare existence is suddenly ruptured when the death of his brother Joe 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’s private torment deepens.