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Manchester By the Sea – Friday 20th Mar 2020

This week’s film is: Manchester By The Sea
Available on: BBC iPlayer (for the next 13 days)
After the death of his older brother Joe (Kyle Chandler), Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) is shocked to learn that Joe has made him sole guardian of his nephew Patrick (Lucas Hedges). Taking leave of his job, Lee reluctantly returns to Manchester-by-the-Sea to care for Patrick, a spirited 16-year-old, and is forced to deal with a past that separated him from his wife Randi (Michelle Williams) and the community where he was born and raised. Bonded by the man who held their family together, Lee and Patrick struggle to adjust to a world without him.
Director: Kenneth Lonergan
Stars: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler
Runtime: 2 hrs 17 mins
Released: 2017
Certificate: 15

Comments will be open on this post from midnight on Friday 20th March 2020. Keep it clean, keep it polite!

3 thoughts on “Manchester By the Sea – Friday 20th Mar 2020

  1. Jo Welsh

    First off, I think this is a fantastic virtual cinema idea!

    We sat down to watch the film – I must admit we were true to form and a little bit late even in our own living room! But it was really nice to have an actual ‘date’ in the diary to keep, It made it feel different to just deciding to watch a movie!

    I have seen this film before but was pleased to re-watch it and I liked it better second time round. I think it is an incredibly sad film – you can really feel Lee’s pain and it is heartbreaking to realise that there really isn’t a way out for him from the pain and the torment. He just isn’t going to get over this, and I guess he couldn’t actually want to either. I think Casey Affleck’s acting was superb – it’s a bit like he isn’t really acting? Also the music was really lovely – poignant in all the right places.

    Anyway a five star film from me – and though it is desperately sad, it did take me out of the Coronavirus nightmare for just a moment!

    Thanks and I look forward to next week!


  2. Anne

    Watched the film with AB. Here’s our contribution to the discussion – what did others think? A well-crafted script, with superb acting, and characters that we cared about. The story unfolded in such a way that the 2hrs 17minutes passed without noticing. Music was used sparingly and effectively without trying to tell us what to think. Locations were well chosen and beautifully filmed. What was there not to like?


  3. Driftwood

    Welcome to our first Virtual Community Cinema screening. Time to have your say about this week’s film and start a conversation or ask your fellow audience a question. Remember, keep it clean and keep it polite.


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