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meerkate's avatar


Watch out for one scene toward the end of the film with Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams' characters. I was so suffocated with emotion I almost felt like I couldn't breathe.
4 years ago
Zov's avatar


When Lee says "Please"...
3 years 11 months ago
palefire's avatar


A profound film. If you've ever experienced grief or sadness, or ever found yourself depressed and numb to the world, then this film connects deeply. The acting is impeccable. It is full of restraint but explosive at the most unexpected of times, and always completely earnest in its delivery. The cinematography reminded me of Breaking the Waves with its bleakness. The music is also excellent, I was particularly moved by the Handel oboe concerto chorus.
3 years 10 months ago
elgw's avatar


Easily becomes my favorite movie of 2016 so far, immediately after viewing. Love Casey Affleck. So many amazing performances, poignant thoughts about grief, beautiful shots of scenery. Want to watch it again soon! Thank you Philly Film Festival for bringing this to us about a month early!!
4 years 2 months ago
Siskoid's avatar


Manchester by the Sea is a heavy piece of realism that explores grief in a most truthful way as a man already dead inside from a previous tragedy is forced to return to his home town to take care of his recently-deceased brother's teenage son. If you'll allow the Buffy reference, the film reminded me a lot of the 5th-season episode "The Body", which likewise did away with cinematic tropes to show the everyday boredom of grief, the often un-dramatic reactions, and the awkward interactions triggered by a bereavement. The film is purposefully as messy as real life, and the sound design in particular is harrowingly real, to the point where what little score is used to cover montages feels intrusive, as might the short appearance of, say, Matthew Broderick, in a role. And yet, the principals melt into their roles, Casey Affleck in particular, giving the heartbreaking performance you probably didn't think he had in him. A touching slice of life drama where artificial "arcing" is hard to come by. If you've ever lost a loved one, I think it will resonate strongly indeed.
3 years 11 months ago
nicolekidman's avatar


I never expected to love this as much as I did. It's absolutely perfect and heartbreaking. Hits you right in the feelings. The acting is amazing. It's so emotional and raw and everything about it feels so realistic, you feel like you are really observing these people's life, not like you are watching a hollywood film... Casey Affleck blew me away. Masterful work and so far my favorite from the best picture nominees.
3 years 11 months ago
Aniform's avatar


This film was perfectly executed. It dealt with its themes so well. You have a lot of other films where sometimes you feel like they have loose themes, themes they touch upon momentarily, but feel like they got dropped from the movie. Manchester by the Sea, however, gives all of its themes equal breathing room. It's certainly up there for me in my list of faves.

I do want to say this, though. Prior to seeing this movie, I had countless people tell me that it was the saddest movie they'd seen, most depressing movie they'd seen. I couldn't help but feel like those people have just not seen movies. If that is literally the most depressing thing you've seen, you need to watch more movies. Yes, I was deeply moved by this movie. Yes, it was phenomenal. But! Saddest or most depressing thing I've seen? Far from it.
3 years 11 months ago
-1flb2-'s avatar


An excellent movie. The subject of grief and lose really hit home. Casey Affleck does a great job acting as a broken down man. The screenplay is excellent and the characters are just right - nothing over the top. This movie makes you have empathy for the leading character. Highly recommend.
3 years 11 months ago
MrDoog's avatar


Great acting, very moving and nicely shot. Very much an awards type of movie.

However, it was 130 minutes of pure misery. Didn't care for the soundtrack either which I found a little intrusive at times.
3 years 11 months ago
The_Comatorium's avatar


Conflicted on whether I love it or just like it. Reason being, the subject matter, while finely written, didn't break any new ground. It was REALLY heavy and sometimes seemed to pile it on. Yet, Casey Affleck and the acting totally elevated the story into something special. Best performance of the year. It's a great example of acting taking a story to new heights. I think i loved the film. I'd have to see it again.

Certainly is a great 2016 film though.
4 years ago
Rohit's avatar


DYK: White men have won more oscars for mumbling than any other demographic? #funfact
10 months 3 weeks ago
Andrewski's avatar


Much has been said about this movie, rightly so. I’ll just say this: watching a story of unprocessed grief is just so hard. You want the best for these people, and you know they’re trying their best, but it’s just not happening.

The acting aside, the editing and dialogue make this such a great movie. It feels like a natural way to tell their stories even though, afterward, you can see why it was carefully crafted. Really well told.
11 months 4 weeks ago
BaalMan's avatar


Just sad (in the same level of Ladri di Biciclette)
1 year 9 months ago
boomdiddly's avatar


A tragedy that never feels tragic, just plodding around in its own self-satisfaction. I wanted to punch the script in the face.
2 years 2 months ago
angrychairman's avatar


I couldn't agree more elgw. A total masterpiece.
4 years 1 month ago

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