Manchester By The Sea captures the struggling Boston janitor, Lee Chandler, who returns to his hometown after the death of his older brother in order to take care of his teenage nephew, Patrick (Lucas Hedges). Lee is very reluctant about taking on this new responsibility because he’s already overwhelmed as it is living from paycheck to paycheck. in addition to being haunted by a certain past tragedy that separated him from his wife, Randi (Michelle Williams).
Casey Affleck originally came from Massachusetts
So he brings a lot of himself and his familiarity with the region into his character. The film shows us small town USA, it shows us a fishing village, it shows us a place with long tradition, a way of living that’s been handed down from generation to generation. So the region itself plays a very integral supporting role in MANCHESTER BY THE SEA. If you understand that, then you’ll understand the characters.
This film is how funny and how poignant it is in its approach to explaining to us the importance of family
When Lee suffered a loss, his brother was there. When his brother dies, he takes care of his brother’s son. Lee sacrificed and adjusted his life after so much was taken from him. There’s no escaping that, but you can just see everybody in that community just starts pulling their weight and pitching in voluntarily, you don’t see much of that anymore, unfortunately, these days. And throughout the film, Lonergan wants to show us that that sense of having each other’s backs is not yet instinct and he does it in a way that’s honest.
Great performances by all the actors involved.
I can’t say enough to praise Affleck, Williams, and Hedges. Manchester By The Sea is an example of strength in simplicity. Manchester by the Sea delivers affecting drama populated by full-bodied characters, marking another strong step forward for writer-director Kenneth Lonergan