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Manchester by the Sea (2016)

R | | Drama | 16 December 2016 (USA)
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A depressed uncle is asked to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy's father dies.

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Richard Donelly ...
Mr. Martinez (1st Tenant)
Virginia Loring Cooke ...
Mrs. Groom (2nd tenant)
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Marianne (3rd Tenant)
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Mrs. Olsen (4th Tenant)
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Mr. Emery (as Stephen McKinley Henderson)
Ben Hanson ...
Lenny - the bartender
Mary Mallen ...
Sharon
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1st Businessman at Bar
Anthony Estrella ...
2nd Businessman at Bar
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Nurse Irene
Robert Sella ...
Dr. Muller
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Lee Chandler is a brooding, irritable loner who works as a handyman for a Boston apartment block. One damp winter day he gets a call summoning him to his hometown, north of the city. His brother's heart has given out suddenly, and he's been named guardian to his 16-year-old nephew. As if losing his only sibling and doubts about raising a teenager weren't enough, his return to the past re-opens an unspeakable tragedy. Written by Jwelch5742

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Rated R for language throughout and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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16 December 2016 (USA)  »

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Manchester junto al mar  »

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$8,500,000 (estimated)

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$4,223,828 (USA) (18 December 2016)

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$47,695,120 (USA) (21 April 2017)
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Trivia

Not burying the departed until spring is true in some cases and mostly depends on the cemetery. In most cemeteries you can get by this with a steam shovel, however in older cemeteries those aren't permitted and it's required to wait for warmer temperatures. See more »

Goofs

The shot of Route 128, from when Lee is first driving to Manchester, doesn't make sense. If he's going from Quincy to Manchester, he would be on the other side of the highway, and the rest stop and sign for the local theater would be visible, but from the other side. He would also be going uphill, not downhill. The way the shot is set up would imply he's going in the opposite direction of Manchester. See more »

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Dr. Bethany: But it's not a good disease.
[pause]
Joe Chandler: What is a good disease?
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Featured in Breakfast: Episode dated 24 January 2017 (2017) See more »

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Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin'
Courtesy of the Ray Charles Foundation
Written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II
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Tragic, Depressing, with no Redemption
26 February 2017 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In Quincy, the quiet and ruthless janitor and handyman Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) is summoned by George (C.J. Wilson), who is a family friend, to go to Manchester since his older brother Joe Chandler (Kyle Chandler) has had a heart attack and is in a hospital. When Lee arrives, Joe has just died and Lee makes arrangements for the funeral with George. Then he seeks out his sixteen year-old nephew Patrick (Lucas Hedges) at the hockey training to tell the news. They go to the morgue and then they head to Joe's lawyer to learn his will. Lee is surprised that Joe has assigned him to be Patrick's guardian. He is reluctant and neither wants to stay in Manchester nor deliver his nephew to his alcoholic mother Elise (Gretchen Mol) and decides to bring Patrick with him to Quincy. However the teenager does not want to leave his life in the town. While planning Joe's burial and funeral, Lee is haunted by his past in Manchester, where he happily lived with his wife Randi (Michelle Williams) and three children until the day a tragedy happened with his family. What will be his final decision?

"Manchester by the Sea" is a realistic film with a tragic and depressing story and no redemption for the lead character. The plot is well resolved for his beloved nephew Patrick but never to Lee, who does not forgive himself for what happened to his family due to his negligence. The direction, screenplay using flashback to explain Lee's behavior and performances are top-notch. Many viewers would expect a more optimistic and happier conclusion but the author chose only a better improvement in the lead character's attitude toward life and this might be the reason of great number of bad reviews. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Manchester À Beira-Mar" ("Manchester by the Sea")


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