Manchester by the Sea. 2016. USA. Directed by Kenneth Lonergan. 137 min.
Kenneth Lonergan is now three for three. Following on You Can Count on Me and Margaret, Manchester by the Sea confirms he’s one of contemporary cinema’s most brilliant, moving storytellers (and directors of actors). Lonergan transforms what in lesser hands might have been another entry in the subgenre of blue-collar New England family “miserabilia” into a tragicomic portrait of failure and resilience in a uniquely American vernacular—imagine Eugene O’Neill channeling George S. Kaufman.