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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, Roadside Attractions, Amazon Studios

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

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  • See this film as soon as you can, preferably with someone you love. Kenneth Lonergan’s third feature as a writer-director is a drama of surpassing beauty, and Casey Affleck’s portrayal of the janitor, Lee Chandler, is stripped-back perfection — understated, unaffected, yet stunning in depth and resonance. show more

  • At turns elegiac, absurdist, and gently satirical, Lonergan’s drama is a deeply affecting chamber piece that features an outstanding performance by Casey Affleck. show more

  • 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 Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2016)
Nominated Best Picture
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2016)
Winner Writing (Original Screenplay)
Nominated Director
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2016)
Winner Original Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2016)
Nominated Best Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2016)
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2016)
Nominated Directing