Manchester by the Sea


Rafael 1 Wed, Oct 12, 2016 7:00 PM
Film Info
Section:US Cinema
Running Time:135 min.
Director:Kenneth Lonergan
Producer:Matt Damon
Kimberly Steward
Chris Moore
Lauren Beck
Kevin J. Walsh
Screenwriter:Kenneth Lonergan
Cinematographer:Jody Lee Lipes
Editor:Jennifer Lame
Cast:Casey Affleck
Michelle Williams
Kyle Chandler
Lucas Hedges
C.J. Wilson
Heather Burns
Print Source:Roadside Attractions
Note Writer:Joanne Parsont


Casey Affleck’s haunting performance as a man utterly transformed by dark past events drives this masterwork by Kenneth Lonergan (You Can Count on Me, MVFF 2000), a story set at the edge of an ocean, with a protagonist who is emotionally unmoored. Tragedy lurks in every corner of this intense drama—and in every furrow of Affleck’s tortured brow. The actor plays Lee, who reluctantly returns to his titular hometown in the wake of his brother Joe’s (Kyle Chandler) death. It’s a devastating story played mostly in reverse, with emphasis on the small irritations and interactions of a fractured family’s daily life. As the nonlinear narrative works its way backward, artfully timed flashbacks reveal its secrets like slow leaks. Set against a charming but chilly small-town New England backdrop, Manchester by the Sea is a potent combination of great storytelling, explosive performances (including Michelle Williams as Lee’s ex-wife Randy), and a carefully calibrated score.

Guest in attendance 10/12: Lucas Hedges (actor)

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Additional Information

Kenneth Lonergan is an American playwright, screenwriter, and director. Lonergan's first theatrical success came with the play This is Our Youth (1996); it was followed by The Waverley Gallery (1999), based on his grandmother's Greenwich Village Gallery, and later Lobby Hero (2002). His play, The Starry Messenger premiered Off-Broadway in 2009 and starred his wife, J. Smith-Cameron and Matthew Broderick. Lonergan's film career began with his screenplay for the gangland comedy Analyze This (1999). He was subsequently offered a job writing The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle (2000). Lonergan directed his own screenplay for You Can Count on Me (2000); the film, which was executive produced by Martin Scorsese, went on to be nominated for and receive numerous writing awards. He contributed to the screenplay for Gangs of New York (2002). In 2005, filming took place for his second film as writer/director, Margaret, starring Anna Paquin, Matt Damon, Matthew Broderick, J. Smith-Cameron. Manchester by the Sea is his latest film.