“Manchester by the Sea,” directed by Kenneth Lonergan

Movie, 2016

A study of family tragedy, focused around a psychologically exhausted main character whose life is dragged this way and that, but who finds any kind of emotional engagement already burned out of him. This film is pretty much all set-up and no resolution; hope is offered at the end, though there’s no all out cheer or direction – the same path leading to hope could just as easily lead to despair. As such, this is a meditative piece, with personal orbits and life plans shaken and taking time to resettle. Some great settings for a film which raises questions of community, the mental anguish of mourning and family ties and circumstances.

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