Release Date: 17 May 2017
Format: DVD Blu-ray
Starring: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler
Casey Affleck received the Oscar for Best Actor this year for his performance as a discontented working class guy, whose mundane existence as an apartment block handyman is gradually revealed to be a self-imposed penance for a tortured soul. It’s an incredibly tough role but Affleck rises to the challenge and triumphs, aided by a carefully layered screenplay by writer-director Kenneth Lonergan that weaves past with present. When the sudden death of his older brother sees Affleck become the reluctant guardian to his teenaged nephew, the return to his New England hometown opens emotional wounds sustained in a past family tragedy. A powerful exploration of grief and the search for redemption, it goes without saying that Manchester by the Sea isn’t a cheery film, but neither is it a mawkish one.