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After the death of his older brother Joe (Kyle Chandler “Carol”, “The Wolf of Wall Street”), Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck “Interstellar”, “Gone Baby Gone”) is shocked to learn that Joe has made him sole guardian of his nephew Patrick (Lucas Hedges “The Grand Budapest Hotel”, “Moonrise Kingdom”). Taking leave of his job, Lee reluctantly returns to Manchester-by-the-Sea to care for Patrick, a spirited 15-year-old, and is forced to deal with a past that separated him from his wife Randi (Michelle Williams “Blue Valentine”, “Brokeback Mountain”) and the community where he was born and raised. Bonded by the man who held their family together, Lee and Patrick struggle to adjust to a world without him.

In his first film since 2011’s acclaimed Margaret, Lonergan once again proves himself a powerful and visionary storyteller as he seamlessly weaves past and present together, crafting a tension-filled tale that deftly eschews sentimentality in favor of penetrating emotional insight and deeply affecting human relationships.