Manchester by the Sea

Manchester by the Sea ★★★★

I can't beat it. I can't beat it. I'm sorry.

I wasn't expecting this! It's a touching film in every way. This film brings together everything I like and introduces us above all to a character of first approach not very nice and boring, to whom we become attached as we discover his tragic story, through brilliant flashbacks. We then understand that everything we thought about him was wrong, and that his little banal and routine life actually reflects what he feels: emptiness.
Even though he is extremely offbeat, one can only adore Lee Chandler and his nonchalance. He is funny in spite of himself, his sadness is contagious, and his detachment from the things around him only makes him more interesting.

I liked what I saw as much as what I didn't see, so I let my imagination do the rest: in particular about what followed the drama that the Chandlers went through, the obvious tearing apart of this couple, as well as not showing Lee's cherished photos.

I liked the meeting between Randi and Lee while she was walking with her newborn baby, all Lee's emotions came back to him: pain, rage, anger, emotions that he then needs to materialize and feel physical pain to stop suffering. The same goes for Randi (brilliant and radiant Michelle Williams), who seemed sad but cold and detached at the ceremony for Joe. We can feel their pain.

This film deals with grief, and shows us that not everyone deals with it the same way. One can be held back by the very restrained emotions of Lee and his nephew when his father died. But there is no need to show us tears in profusion to understand that one suffers after the death of a person and this film shows it brilliantly.
It's a film that also deals with love, because in the end it's what brings this family together, first a brotherly love, then love in a couple, and finally an intergenerational love (especially when Patty looks at the 3 pictures of Lee and then is interested in what Lee feels).

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