MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
2016, Amazon Studios, 135 min, USA, Dir: Kenneth Lonergan

The third feature from writer-director Kenneth Lonergan (YOU CAN COUNT ON ME) offers a refreshingly real look at the unsung struggles of everyday life. After the death of his brother, Massachusetts handyman Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck, never better) is named guardian of the man’s teenage son (Lucas Hedges), forcing him to return to the coastal town where tragedy had scarred him years earlier. Costarring Michelle Williams. “The persistence of grief and the hope of redemption are themes as timeless as dramaturgy itself, but rarely do they summon forth the kind of extraordinary swirl of love, anger, tenderness and brittle humor that is MANCHESTER BY THE SEA, Kenneth Lonergan’s beautifully textured, richly enveloping drama.” - Justin Chang, Variety.


TAKE THIS WALTZ
2011, Magnolia Pictures, 116 min, Canada/Spain/Japan, Dir: Sarah Polley

In writer-director Sarah Polley’s perceptive romantic comedy about what long-term relationships do to love, sex and self-image, Margot (Michelle Williams) is happily married to Lou (Seth Rogen) - until a handsome artist who lives across the street throws her for a loop. With Sarah Silverman. “A wonderful movie. Honest, sure-footed and emotionally generous, it’s full of music, color and warmth.” - A.O. Scott, The New York Times.


BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN
2005, Focus Features, 134 min, USA, Dir: Ang Lee

From director Ang Lee comes an epic American love story adapted from an Annie Proulx short story by Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana (who, like Lee, earned Oscars for their work here). Set against the sweeping vistas of Wyoming and Texas, the film tells the story of two young men - ranch-hand Ennis Del Mar (Heath Ledger) and rodeo cowboy Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal) who meet in the summer of 1963, and unexpectedly forge a lifelong connection, one whose complications, joys, and tragedies provide a testament to the endurance and power of love.


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