• Manchester by the Sea (2016)

Manchester by the Sea

Release Date: November 18th, 2016

DVD Release Date: February 21st, 2017

R |2 hr 17 min

Plot Summary

After the death of his older brother Joe, Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) is shocked that Joe has made him sole guardian of his teenage nephew Patrick. Taking leave of his job as a janitor in Boston, Lee reluctantly returns to Manchester-by-the-Sea, the fishing village where his working-class family has lived for generations. There, he is forced to deal with a past that separated him from his wife, Randi (Michelle Williams), and the community where he was born and raised.

Cast: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler, Lucas Hedges, C.J. Wilson, Heather Burns, Tate Donovan, Josh Hamilton

Director: Kenneth Lonergan

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Roadside Attractions, Big Indie Pictures

Distributors: Amazon Studios, Roadside Attractions

Keywords: Brooding, Wife, School, Love, Hospital, 2010s, Office, Intense, Underdog, Sacrifice, Emotional, Death, Brother, Friend

Ratings & Reviews

  • 90
    Todd McCarthyThe Hollywood Reporter

    Lonergan layers and then layers some more, allows his characters to stew, not always disclose themselves and then come to decisions and changes naturally, or after due deliberation. And they can relapse and not always be ready for the breakthrough moment toward which the story seems to be pointing. The result is something that feels more akin to a full meal than the usual cinematic popcorn. show more

  • 70
    Robert AbeleTheWrap

    A movie that, if never exactly a cathartic experience, carries you along in its clenched grip with an undeniable power. It’s sad and funny and real. show more

  • 100
    Fionnuala HalliganScreen International

    Kenneth Lonergan’s deeply moving return after the travails of Margaret shows what a rare storyteller he is, measuring out his narrative beats in a world which crackles with life, guiding Casey Affleck’s magnificent performance, instantly recognisable as a career-be show more

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Awards

Nominated Director
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2017)
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Nominated Directing
Nominated Actress in a Supporting Role
Winner Original Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2017)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2017)
Nominated Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2017)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2017)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2017)
Nominated Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2017)
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2017)
Nominated Supporting Actress
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2017)
Winner Best Foreign Film
Amandaprisen (2017)
Winner Writing (Original Screenplay)
Nominated Best Picture
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture