Have finally watched Manchester By The Sea… Not a really wise choice given the recent death in my own family. An extremely sad drama with an almost complete collection of human dysfunctions in American context.
Cinema aspects: excellent, stunning acting, just amazing, touches even through repulsive personas… so-so cinematography. Great location choice (a character ensemble on their own). So-so music. Rather excellent script with surprising turns — suicide attempt at a police station? wow! — but a weird ending. Bland editing a bit on the long side (of which I’m guilty as well, so…)
The message is also surprisingly un-American but extremely realistic: you can’t unfuckup yourself beyond a certain point of fuckedupedness.
Would I recommend it? No, unless you’re not American and want an update on family dynamics in the country. Still, it’s 10 times more powerful than, say, Lovess by Zviagintsev (also dealing with family dysfunction).
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