Manchester by the Sea

Genre:  Drama | Running Time:  135 min.
In theatres:  November 25, 2016 - Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver
December 9, 2016 - Expands
| On DVD/VOD:  February 21, 2017

Current rating: Rating: 3.43
based on 142 votes and 57 reviews
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Cast: Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler, Casey Affleck, Lucas Hedges, Gretchen Mol, Matthew Broderick


Reclusive handyman/janitor Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck), who looks after five apartment buildings in Boston, has to return home when his older brother Joe (Kyle Chandler) suddenly dies. Lee, who lives a solitary and seemingly unhappy existence, once had a wife and children before tragedy struck.

He finds to his dismay that he's been named the legal guardian of his teenage nephew, Patrick (Lucas Hedges). When Lee returns to Manchester, he must face his painful past, along with his ex-wife (Michelle Williams) and the community of North Shore, many of whom are not happy to see him.

Director: Kenneth Lonergan
Studio: Mongrel Media
Producer(s): Chris Moore, Matt Damon, Kimberly Steward, Lauren Beck, Kevin Walsh
Screenplay: Kenneth Lonergan
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  • 5 stars "The success in conveying honest, powerful emotions. A very powerful film."
  • 5 stars "Not often that Hollywood serves up an impression of male parenting/friendship that rings true. This one does."
  • 1 star "It's great if you want to be depressed."