The painful and irreparable wrongness of life is the theme of Kenneth Lonergan’s superbly acted new film about grief. It stars Casey Affleck as Lee, a guy who lives on his own in Boston, working as a janitor and seething with poisonous rage at the world and himself.
After the death of his older brother Joe, Lee Chandler is shocked to learn that Joe has made him sole guardian of his nephew Patrick. Taking leave of his job, Lee reluctantly returns to Manchester-by-the-Sea to care for Patrick, a spirited 16-year-old, and is forced to deal with a past that separated him from his wife Randi and the community where he was born and raised.
Bonded by the man who held their family together, Lee and Patrick struggle to adjust to a world without him.
Dir: Kenneth Lonergan, 2016, USA, 2hr 17in. R.
Stars: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler