MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
Cast: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler, Gretchen Mol and Lucas Hedges
Director and writer: Kenneth Lonergan
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.
"Lonergan found the right man in Affleck, standing stony-faced while others weep, his performance a master class in submerged feeling... But it's Williams who stuns, in the course of a single, astonishing dialogue toward the end of the film."
– Tom Shone, Newsweek
"Manchester by the Sea delivers affecting drama populated by full-bodied characters, marking another strong step forward for writer-director Kenneth Lonergan." (97%)
– Critic's consensus, Rotten Tomatoes