WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people, and becomes the first man in American history to receive the Medal of Honor without firing a shot.
A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia. 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.
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
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After the sudden death of his older brother, Lee, played by Casey
Affleck, is made legal guardian of his son Patrick. He then returns to
his hometown and is forced to deal with a tragic past that separated
him from his family and the community he was born and raised in.
Kenneth Lonergan is such an extraordinary and talented writer; his
beautifully, and richly, textured drama draws upon the timeless themes
of recovery, redemption, and the persistence of guilt in such a way
that feels fresh. The emotion is never overbearing for the sake of
being overbearing, rather it feels all too real, which is a credit to
the writing as much as it is to the fantastic performances.
This is the 'Casey Affleck show' from beginning to end; you can just
give him the 'Best Actor' Oscar right now and save everyone a whole lot
of trouble. He radiates this aura of subtle magnetism so brilliantly
and effortlessly; there's not a single emotion on the spectrum that
As much as the film is about Lee and his internal journey from tragedy
to something a lot more hopeful, it's also about his nephew, played by
Lucas Hedges, who has a very bright future, and his personal struggle
to cope with his father's death. Despite having a small yet significant
part in the film, Michelle Williams' performance is a treasure to
behold. There's one scene, in particular, where she got everyone in
attendance wishing they brought a tissue.
Unlike many big-budget studio movies, MANCHESTER BY THE SEA is not
afraid to make the audience work and test the viewer's patience with
its constant, and unannounced, cutting between past and present, as
well as its unwavering unravelling of character background and
motivation. In fact, one of its best aspects is the lack of close-ups.
Almost everything is filmed from afar, which reflects Lee's emotional
distancing. And it's not until later where you finally find out why
this guy has detached himself from the rest of the world. Then, from
that point on, you're in his head; you watch the film unfold from a
point-of-view almost entirely foreign to how you viewed it at first.
Regardless of the second half's slackening pace and film's familiar
DNA, this is without a doubt the most personal and heart wrenching film
of 2016 thus far. Maybe even the best.
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