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Manchester by the Sea (2016)

With the all of the awards buzz surrounding Kenneth Lonergan’s fourth feature film, viewers may have been surprised with just how sad the film is. The film’s premise is sad enough, with Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) having to return home after the death of his older brother Joe (Kyle Chandler), and then becomes shocked to learn that Joe has made him sole guardian of his nephew Patrick (Lucas Hedges). But as the film goes on, you come to realise that there is more behind Lee’s relationship with his home town, 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. However, the bond that forms from the memory of the man who held their family together is what keeps us glued to the screen, hoping that Lee and Patrick’s struggle to adjust to life without him begins to ease.

Manchester by the Sea is available on digital download from May 8th and on DVD and Blu-ray from May 15th, courtesy of STUDIOCANAL


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