Manchester By The Sea (15)



Drama (2016)
137mins US

Starring: Casey Affleck, Kyle Chandler, Michelle Williams, Lucas Hedges
Director: Kenneth Lonergan
Writer(s): Kenneth Lonergan
Listings: London | Rest of UK and Ireland

Lee Chandler works as a janitor in a small apartment building in Chicago. Out of the blue, he receives a telephone call from family friend George. His older brother Joe has suffered a heart attack. By the time Lee arrives at the hospital, Joe has passed and the younger sibling must break the tragic news to his truculent 16-year-old nephew, Patrick. A meeting with family lawyer Wes reveals that Joe named Lee as Patrick's legal guardian.

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Manchester By The Sea (15)

Anguished silences between members of a fractured Massachusetts family speak volumes about the loss of a son in writer-director Kenneth Lonergan's elegiac drama. Set in and around the titular coastal community, Manchester By The Sea eloquently explores universal themes of grief, guilt and sexual awakening through the eyes of a 40-year-old handyman whose outlook on life is as threadbare and tattered as the winter jacket he wears atop his overalls. Lonergan sketches his internally conflicted central character with patience and precision, gifting a peach of a role to Casey Affleck, who seems destined to triumph at this year's Oscars for his nuanced, emotionally raw portrayal of a man who has been battered and bruised by the past. Every close-up of Affleck's eyes, glistening with regret, tug at the heartstrings until the sense of loss and abandonment becomes almost intolerable...

Manchester By The Sea. Copyright: Studio Canal. Caption: Casey Affleck as Lee Chandler and Lucas Hedges as Patrick Chandler in Manchester By The Sea, directed by Kenneth Lonergan. All Rights Reserved.Men of few words are the best men and in Lonergan's lean script, his characters frequently say everything with a mournful stare or hesitant attempt at consolation. Lee Chandler (Affleck) works as a janitor in a small apartment building in Chicago, where his chores include shovelling snow, changing lightbulbs and unblocking toilets of emotionally needy women. It's an unedifying existence and Lee unfairly channels his resentment at the tenants. Out of the blue, Lee receives a telephone call from family friend George (CJ Wilson). His older brother Joe (Kyle Chandler) has suffered a heart attack. By the time Lee arrives at the hospital, Joe has passed and the younger sibling must break the tragic news to his truculent 16-year-old nephew, Patrick (Lucas Hedges).

A meeting with family lawyer Wes (Josh Hamilton) reveals that Joe named Lee as Patrick's legal guardian. "It was supposed to be my Uncle Donny. I was just the back-up," mumbles Lee, who is reluctant to be a parent again after the breakdown of his marriage to Randi (Michelle Williams). Lee and his teenager ward muddle through grief and misunderstanding as they make preparations for Joe's funeral including a chance for Patrick to say farewell to his father at the mortuary. "What does he look like?" asks the 16-year-old. "He looks like he's dead," responds Lee.

Manchester By The Sea is anchored by Affleck's understated yet devastating portrayal, and the touching on-screen chemistry with co-star Hedges. Awkwardness between the generations is perfectly conveyed in Lonergan's dialogue, like when Patrick has a tense reconciliation with his mother Elise (Gretchen Mol) and her devoutly religious new partner (Matthew Broderick). "What was the guy like?" asks Lee during the drive home. "He was very Christian," deadpans the teenager. Co-star Williams is a potent maternal force in her few scenes, desperate to salve the deep wounds of an accidental and tragic past. At 137 minutes, Lonergan's film does feel slightly overlong. Self-realisation, if it ever comes, takes time.

- Kim Hu

Manchester By The Sea. Copyright: Studio Canal. Caption: Casey Affleck as Lee Chandler and Lucas Hedges as Patrick Chandler in Manchester By The Sea, directed by Kenneth Lonergan. All Rights Reserved.


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Listed in alphabetical order by city/place name followed by cinema name.

From Friday 17th February
To Thursday 23rd February

- Aberfeldy, Birks Cinema
- Aberystwyth, Aberystwyth Arts Centre
- Altrincham, Vue Altrincham (Apollo)
- Arklow, Arklow Omniplex
- Batley, Showcase Leeds
- Belfast, Odeon Belfast
- Berkhamsted, The Rex Cinema
- Beverley, Parkway Cinema
- Birmingham, Odeon Birmingham Broadway Plaza
- Birmingham, The Electric Cinema
- Bolton, Vue Bolton
- Bournemouth, Odeon Bournemouth BH2
- Bradford, Picturehouse Bradford At The National Media Museum
- Bristol, Everyman Bristol
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Avon Meads
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Cinema De Lux
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Cambridge, The Light Cinema, Cambridge
- Cambridge, Vue Cambridge
- Cardiff, Showcase Cardiff Nantgarw
- Chelmsford, Everyman Chelmsford
- Christchurch, Regent
- Cork, Cork Omniplex
- Derby, Showcase Derby Cinema De Lux
- Derby, Showcase Derby Foresters Park
- Dublin, Dublin Rathmines Omniplex
- Dublin, Odeon Point Village
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dudley, Showcase Dudley
- Dunfermline, Odeon Dunfermline
- Dun Laoghaire, IMC Dun Laoghaire
- Edinburgh, Cameo Picturehouse
- Ellesmere Port, Vue Cheshire Oaks
- Exeter, Exeter Picturehouse
- Gerrards Cross, Everyman Gerrards Cross
- Glasgow, Showcase Glasgow
- Greenhithe, Showcase Bluewater
- Henley-on-Thames, Regal Picturehouse
- Keswick, Alhambra Cinema
- Keswick, Theatre By The Lake
- Kilmarnock, Odeon Kilmarnock
- Lancaster, The Dukes
- Leeds, Everyman Leeds
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Showcase Leicester Cinema De Lux
- Limerick, Limerick Omniplex
- Lincoln, Odeon Lincoln
- Liverpool, Showcase Liverpool
- Ludlow, Assembly Rooms
- Manchester, HOME
- Manchester, Odeon Manchester
- Manchester, Odeon Trafford Centre
- Manchester, Showcase Manchester
- Melton Mowbray, Regal Cinema
- Mold, Theatr Clwyd
- Norwich, Odeon Norwich
- Nottingham, Showcase Nottingham Cinema De Lux
- Oxford, Ultimate Picture Palace
- Paisley, Showcase Paisley
- Peterborough, Showcase Peterborough
- Plymouth, Plymouth Arts Centre
- Plymouth, Vue Plymouth
- Reading, Showcase Reading Cinema De Lux
- Ripon, Curzon Ripon
- Sandwich, Empire Cinema
- Scarborough, Stephen Joseph Theatre
- Sheffield, Odeon Sheffield
- Sheffield, The Showroom
- Southampton, Odeon Southampton
- Southport, Vue Southport
- Stillorgan, Odeon Stillorgan
- Stockport, Heaton Moor Savoy
- Stockton-on-Tees, Arc
- Stockton-on-Tees, Showcase Teesside
- Taunton, Odeon Taunton
- Telford, Odeon Telford
- Thanet, Vue Westwood Cross
- Thetford, The Light Cinema, Thetford
- Wallingford, Corn Exchange
- Walsall, Showcase Walsall
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Wisbech, The Light Cinema, Wisbech
- York, Vue York
From Friday 24th February
To Thursday 2nd March

- Aberdeen, Cineworld Aberdeen - Queens Link
- Ashford, Cineworld Ashford
- Ashton-under-Lyne, Cineworld Ashton-under-Lyne
- Athlone, IMC Athlone
- Ballina, IMC Ballina
- Basildon, Cineworld Basildon
- Berwick-upon-Tweed, The Maltings Theatre And Cinema
- Beverley, Parkway Cinema
- Birmingham, Cineworld Birmingham
- Birmingham, The Electric Cinema
- Boldon Colliery, Cineworld Boldon Tyne And Wear
- Bolton, Cineworld Bolton
- Bournemouth, Odeon Bournemouth BH2
- Bradford, Picturehouse Bradford At The National Media Museum
- Braintree, Cineworld Braintree
- Brighton, Cineworld Brighton
- Brighton, Duke Of York's Picturehouse
- Brighton, Komedia
- Bristol, Vue Bristol Longwell Green
- Bury St Edmunds, Cineworld Bury St Edmunds
- Cambridge, Arts Picturehouse
- Cardiff, Cineworld Cardiff
- Castlebar, Mayo Movie World Castlebar
- Castleford, Cineworld Castleford
- Chester, Cineworld Broughton
- Chichester, Chichester Cinema At New Park
- Crawley, Cineworld Crawley
- Derby, Derby QUAD
- Derby, Odeon Derby
- Didcot, Cineworld Didcot
- Dorking, Dorking Halls
- Dublin, Cineworld Dublin
- Dundee, Cineworld Dundee
- Eastbourne, Cineworld Eastbourne
- East Didsbury, Cineworld Didsbury
- Edinburgh, Cameo Picturehouse
- Edinburgh, Cineworld Edinburgh
- Edinburgh, Filmhouse
- Exeter, Exeter Picturehouse
- Falkirk, Cineworld Falkirk
- Fareham, Cineworld Whiteley
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Renfrew Street
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Silverburn
- Glasgow, Glasgow Film Theatre
- Gloucester, Cineworld Gloucester Quays
- Harlow, Cineworld Harlow
- Haverhill, Haverhill Arts Centre
- Hemel Hempstead, Cineworld Hemel Hempstead
- Henley-on-Thames, Regal Picturehouse
- Hereford, The Courtyard Herefordshire's Centre For The Arts
- Herne Bay, Kavanagh Cinema
- High Wycombe, Cineworld High Wycombe
- Hinckley, Cineworld Hinckley
- Hull, Cineworld Hull
- Huntingdon, Cineworld Huntingdon
- Kendal, Brewery Arts Centre
- Keswick, Alhambra Cinema
- Knutsford, Curzon Knutsford
- Leeds, Everyman Leeds
- Lincoln, Odeon Lincoln
- Liverpool, Odeon Liverpool ONE
- Liverpool, Picturehouse At FACT
- Llandudno, Cineworld Llandudno
- Manchester, Odeon Trafford Centre
- Middlesbrough, Cineworld Middlesbrough
- Milton Keynes, Cineworld Milton Keynes
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyneside Cinema
- Newport, Cineworld Newport Spytty Road
- Northampton, Cineworld Northampton
- Norwich, Odeon Norwich
- Nottingham, Cineworld Nottingham
- Orpington, Odeon Orpington
- Oswestry, Kinokulture
- Oxted, Everyman Oxted
- Poole, Cineworld Poole
- Ripon, Curzon Ripon
- Rochester, Cineworld Rochester
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
- Shrewsbury, Cineworld Shrewsbury
- Solihull, Cineworld Solihull
- Southend-on-Sea, Odeon Southend
- Stevenage, Cineworld Stevenage
- St Helens, Cineworld St Helens
- Stillorgan, Odeon Stillorgan
- Stoke-on-Trent, Stoke Film Theatre
- Swindon, Cineworld Swindon Shaw Ridge
- Thetford, The Light Cinema, Thetford
- Torrington, The Plough Arts Centre
- Witney, Cineworld Witney
- Yeovil, Cineworld Yeovil
- York, City Screen Picturehouse


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