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|Originaltitel:||Manchester by the Sea|
|Laufzeit:||Approx. 138 min.|
|FSK:||From 12 years|
Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) lives in seclusion in Boston, where he earns his living as a janitor. He is not a man of many words to whom the company of other people is rather unpleasant. It wasn't always like that. He used to have a modest but happy life with his ex-wife (Michelle Williams) in the small port town of Manchester-by-the-Sea. When he gets the news that his older brother (Kyle Chandler) has died, Lee has to go back to his old home. He is now the guardian for his 16-year-old nephew Patrick (Lucas Hedges) and has to take care of his brother's business. Lee only reluctantly accepts these tasks, as he wants to spend as little time as possible here. For the wound that a catastrophic accident has inflicted on his soul here has by no means healed and it is impossible for Lee to find the peace for which he so desperately longs…
"Manchester by the Sea" is a great film: the story itself consists only of sad and depressing elements. And yet director Kenneth Lonergan manages to give the whole thing an enormous lightness by purposefully using very reserved, dry humor. One consequence of this is that the viewer isn't completely pulled down after just a few minutes and leaves the cinema with a severe depression. On the other hand, it also leads to the fact that the really emotional moments get an additional power, which is of an extremely lasting intensity. The scene that shows the tragedy that has befallen the lives of Lee and his ex-wife is undoubtedly one of the most moving cinematic moments of recent years.
That the film, after this flashback, makes its way back into the (relative) lightness is due to the director's sensitivity, which manages the visual language, music and script so perfectly together that something quite wonderful emerges from it. The excellently selected ensemble of performers reinforces this even further. Especially the game of Casey Affleck, which is extremely strong in its restraint and for which he was awarded a Golden Globe justly, leaves a lasting impression. But also Lucas Hedges and Michelle Williams - even if she can only be seen for a short time - play great.
"Manchester by the Sea" is a great film about dealing with grief, a moving drama about guilt and forgiveness and about the difficult path back to life after a tragic loss. It's a deeply sad movie at its core, yet it still radiates great hope and calls a loud "yes" to life. Anyone who appreciates subtle, calm and yet entertaining cinema should not miss this work. Absolutely worth seeing!
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