Manchester by the Sea: a Movie Review
I’m still shaking from this movie. Manchester by the Sea, a film written and directed by Kenneth Lonergan (You Can Count On Me) is one of the saddest, yet most beautiful films I have seen since last year’s New York Film Festival (I’m speaking of Carol, that triumph of a film starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara). Every shot in this film about grief and mourning is stunning, and every performance is so real and nuanced. Casey Affleck (Gone Baby Gone) is just heartbreaking as a man, drowning in guilt and shame, having to return to the town that haunts him, to deal with another sadness and tragedy that has been thrust upon him. He can barely manage his life with the weight of the first tragedy on his shoulders, and the second one, that also requires him to take care of his 16 year old nephew (a phenomenal Lucas Hedges) might be just too much for this man to carry. Michelle Williams (My Week with Marilyn) is also on hand, tearing up our soul in one of the most touching and desperate scenes I’ve seen in a while. The Oscars will sit up and notice.
I don’t tend to write about the movies very often on this site, nor when I do, do I write much, but when a film truly touches my heart and my soul, I feel I must. And this one will stay with me for some time. It is a stunningly beautiful piece of film work by all involved.