Manchester by the Sea

Manchester by the Sea

Kenneth Lonergan (2016)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Until 2016, Kenneth Lonergan was the indie world's best-kept secret, a director of fine, intimate dramas featuring exceptional performances by actors on the brink of stardom. Despite rave reviews, his first two films - 1999's You Can Count on Me and Margaret, which followed a long 12 years later - were jinxed by business woes, but now it's third-time lucky with this masterful Sundance hit. Casey Affleck is on electrifying, Oscar-winning form as Lee, a surly janitor living alone in a Boston suburb. Summoned by his family after his brother suffers a heart attack, Lee returns to his seaside home town to face the secrets of his past. Admirers of Lonergan's previous output will know what to expect (death and guilt), and the tragedy is laid on even thicker this time. Nevertheless, there's an easy-going, low-key humour throughout - notably in scenes with Lee's teenage nephew Patrick (Lucas Hedges) - that dispels some of the gloom and makes the inevitable showdown with Lee's ex-wife Randi (Michelle Williams) all the more electric.


An irritable loner is forced to return to the coastal town where he grew up following the sudden death of his brother. He is appointed guardian of his teenage nephew, and as he struggles to cope with his newfound responsibilities, he also finds himself confronted with a past tragedy. Drama, starring an Oscar-winning Casey Affleck, with Michelle Williams and Kyle Chandler.

Cast & Crew

Lee Chandler Casey Affleck
Randi Chandler Michelle Williams
Joe Chandler Kyle Chandler
Patrick Chandler Lucas Hedges
George C J Wilson
Hockey coach Tate Donovan
Jeffrey Matthew Broderick
Elise Gretchen Mol
Sharon Mary Mallen
Dr Bethany Ruibo Qian
Stan Chandler Tom Kemp
Silvie McCann Kara Hayward
Sandy Anna Baryshnikov
Sandy Heather Burns
Director Kenneth Lonergan
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Studio CanalGuidance: SwearingAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 13 Jan 2017