Manchester by the Sea

Manchester by the Sea ★★★★

what happened to your hand?

i cut it.

oh for a minute there i didn't know what happened.

For a setting that is so bright, white-washed by snow and clear skies, the melancholia emanating from the screen is suffocating. Although this didn’t hit me as hard as it did the first time, each character is excellent at expressing the feeling of grief by saying nothing at all. The scene where Randi (Michelle Williams) and Lee (Casey Affleck) meet in the street is heart-wrenching, every line Lucas Hedges delivers is excellent, and the static cinematography is masterful in creating a sense of entrapment.

However, I don’t think this film is earth-shattering. It drags along, the repetitive pattern of the score only accentuates that. There are certainly great moments scattered throughout, but they are few and far between. A great film, but the slow pace and long run time were a bit too much for me.

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360 films for 2020 (364/360)
2016 [all films watched]
oscar nominated best pictures [all years]

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