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Manchester by the Sea (2016)

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    Movie Name: Manchester by the Sea (2016)
    Genre: Drama
    Date of Publication: 13 January 2017 (UK)
    Duration: 137 minutes
    Director(s): Kenneth Lonergan
    Stars: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler
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    Lee Chandler, who works as a janitor for a property management company responsible for four residential apartment buildings in Quincy, Massachusetts, is an angry, sullen and antisocial man. His demeanor and retreat from life are primarily because of a single incident which led to him leaving his hometown of Manchester-by-the-Sea upstate - his name being infamous in the region by those that dont know him because of that incident - and the break-up of his marriage to his now ex-wife, Randi. The only time Lee ever returns to Manchester is when he receives a telephone call from his fisherman brother, Joe Chandler, who was diagnosed a few years ago with congestive heart failure. Whenever now divorced Joe ends up on an extended stay in the hospital due to his health problems, Lee returns to Manchester to take care of Joes son, Patrick Chandler, of whom Joe has sole custody. With the latest such telephone call and Lees subsequent trip to Manchester, Joe dies before Lee makes it to the hospital in nearby Beverly. In what Lee assumes is his temporary guardianship of now sixteen-year-old Patrick becomes legally permanent when he learns, much to his surprise, that Joe has Lee listed in his will not only as Patricks permanent guardian, but that Lee is to be the trustee for the estate on Patricks behalf until Patrick becomes of age, Patrick who is the sole beneficiary. Patrick, a typical teenager, is arguably closest to Lee emotionally than any other adult. Despite his fathers death, Patrick is still more concerned about maintaining his life as is: hanging out with his friends, including his two girlfriends (who dont know about each other) and his band-mates, playing ice hockey, and keeping Joes slowly-deteriorating fishing boat (which Patrick sees as his fathers legacy), which is financially unfeasible to do. To Patrick, all this means Lee moving back to Manchester as opposed to Patrick moving to Quincy, where Lee only has a one room apartment as part of his job anyway. Lee is not only not equipped to be Patricks guardian, but is not emotionally prepared to return to Manchester, the site of the incident and where Randi still lives, she to whom he has not spoken since their divorce. With no other real options as to a guardian for Patrick - including their close friend George who is anticipating being an empty nester soon, and Patricks alcoholic mother Elise, whose whereabouts are unknown anyway - Lee has to decide what is best to do for Patrick, which takes into account his own emotional well-being.

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