Manchester by the Sea

Manchester by the Sea

DVD - 2016
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Publisher: [United States] : Amazon Studios, 2016
Branch Call Number: DVD ADULT FICTION
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (137 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Language Note: English dialogue; Spanish subtitles; subtitled for the deaf and hard of hearing (SDH)

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bjohns
Dec 14, 2018

After hearing my friends dis this movie as being too slow, having too much bad language, and having no conclusive ending, I put off watching this movie. But having an afternoon to waste, I put it in the DVD player and was mesmerized for 2 hours and 15 minutes.

First of all, the acting was superb. Michelle Williams had a small part that I don't think warranted the critics' overflowing praise but she was convincing. The child and teenage actors portraying the fatherless boy were spot on. The rest of the cast was superb but Casey Affleck's performance left me speechless. This role was meant for him, a quiet yet explosive actor.

And then the cinematography was beautiful. Anyone who has been in a Northeastern coastal town would attest to how true the imagery portrayed was.

Final thoughts: I think my friends (especially my women friends) missed the point of this movie. It was about how males deal with grief. Women expect and desire men to communicate their feelings openly. We, as men, do but we do it without saying much. It is what we don't say or how we say it in silences that my friends didn't get. If women want to know how men experience and deal with grief, they should watch this film and keep an open mind (and eye).

Watch this movie.

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oldwestfan
Nov 10, 2018

A powerful and profoundly moving psychological masterwork. A father's incautious behavior results in a devastating tragedy, after which his personality radically changes into such depressive behaviors as social isolation, deadened emotions, menial employment, and various other forms of self-punishment such as starting fights he will surely lose. Life events then occur that make demands of him which he is unable to meet because of the psychic damage he has incurred. Choked-back words and feelings struggle for expression but are too massively painful, or too hard to explain, to come out. Keep a hanky handy. And yet the film itself is not depressing, in fact at turns funny and charming in ways all should be able to relate to.

Numerous scenes of raw emotional power, as well as charm and high artistry, are likely candidates for re-watching. Ensemble performances by Casey Affleck (Academy Award Best Actor), Michelle Williams, and Lucas Hedges worthy for study in a master acting class.

It continues to amaze me when some individuals (commenters below) are simply incapable of appreciating what's before them, even though I know it should no longer surprise me.

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benz_byron
Nov 09, 2018

Typical pointless US movie.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Sep 20, 2018

This dramatic movie tells the story of a man named Lee Chandler, who is shocked to discover that his late brother made him the guardian of his teenage son. Taking a brief break away from his janitor job, he returns to the hometown of where his family has lived for generations and must face the demons that he left behind. The movie stars Casey Affleck, who delivers a very emotional and personal performance that captivates you throughout the film. I felt like this was a very profound and enjoyable film that brought many feelings and emotions to light that we never really think about. I would rate this film 5/5 stars. @The_Reviewer of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

shokolit Aug 19, 2018

A very well made, worth watching film. I find most of the movies in the last few years to be either mostly superficial, overly dramatic, or just made in poor taste. The comedies are, well, just bad. So when I stumble upon a movie that is recent AND good, I'm surprised. This film is one of those exceptions. My only warning , if you choose to watch it is that the story is extremely sad, and tragic.

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eggertson
Aug 18, 2018

Not to our taste. Superfluous profanity does not a good movie make.

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Maoisdead
Aug 01, 2018

I have to say I'm quite astonished by the vitriol that this film is receiving in some of these comments. Is it because the film deals in a heavy emotional dilemma that has no easy fixes or answers- and that it does it in a way that is solemn using flashbacks and humor? All I can say is that the movie is definitely touching a nerve- something which indicates the film is successful on many levels.
If you've never seen an art film or " indie " film before, you might want to skip this movie as it requires some critical thinking in watching it.
The first time that I saw this film, I felt as if it was a bit overwhelming. I left the theater puzzled as to why it got such rave reviews. My initial thoughts were that it was too long, boring, and very depressing. With that said, I decided to give it another chance, and I'm extremely glad I did. As for those wondering why I would want to subject myself to a film that I initially didn't like for a second time; it's because I like to keep an open mind. In the case of this film, I really wanted to get a better understanding of what it was all about. Having seen it again, I was better able to grasp the complexity of the characters. If you absolutely hated it, I can understand your feelings. You might, however, want to give it another chance, as in the end my verdict is that it's a masterpiece. It's not a funny film, but it's down to earth and real.

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SunnySanMateo
Jul 18, 2018

Slow moving, working class families, dark, depressing, relevate, someone filled with quilt, dysfunction, hits home for some - good acting..........

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VonHafenstaaad
Jul 10, 2018

A rich and powerful masterpiece starring Academy Award winner Casey Affleck as a working-class man overpowered by love and loss. Skip this movie if you have the attention span of a gnat.

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jferrerosa2
Jul 02, 2018

What was the point of this film? It literally tries to portray what it's like in real life for someone dealing with the death of their brother, but fails in any way to be realistic, which it believes it is. Don't waste your time with this debby-downer that has no conclusive ending. This is a waste of time, money and effort although the music was fantastic!

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jimg2000
Mar 11, 2017

You're rude, you're unfriendly, you won't say good morning.
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So I can go?
-Unless something else comes up we don't know about already, yeah.
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Let me finish. However...my heart was broken. 'Cause it's always going to be broken. And I know yours is broken, too.
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Break it up. Get him out of here, George. He's Joey Chandler's brother. Back off, back off.
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Why can't you stay?
-Come on, Patty. I can't beat it. I can't beat it.
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If there was... If you could take one guy to an island with you and you knew you'd be safe 'cause he was the best man, he was going to figure out how to survive, he was going to make everything,
he was going to make the world a good place on the island, he was going to keep you happy, he, he... This is the best man for the job. No matter what, if it was between me and your father, who would you take?
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... And we don't know what's going to happen to you, yet. But it's not a good disease.
-What is a good disease?
Poison lvy. Athlete's foot.

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