‘Manchester by the Sea’

ff75b81baaf98d36793dd79b5ecc98d9c3965def4b9e26bc0acaea6caa233f6d-1Grief and pain are persistent throughout this powerfully tender family drama, small in setting, broad in scope.

Casey Affleck (The Assassination of Jesse James, Interstellar) returns to Manchester, Massachussets on the death of his brother to a 16 year old nephew left alone and demons from the past. It’s an emotional powerhouse of a film (throw in an operatic soundtrack that adds rather than manipulates) as Affleck looks for some kind of redemption via emotional recovery.

An ensemble piece, Lucas Hedges (Moonrise Kingdom, The Grand Budapest Hotel) and Michelle Williams (Brokeback Mountain, Blue Valentine) are superb supports but a haunting Casey Affleck is truly authentic in this nuanced, understated performance.

Quietly devastating.

Rating: 88%

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