Manchester by the Sea
The film is not a tragedy. It is about the trace of a tragedy. And, with the major part of the film showing sadness, the final note is on how life always has its promise.
The film interjects a lot of environmental montages to express the emotional motions. The views of Manchester’s port in dimness, in snow, in rain, in wind, correspond to the emotional changes of the hero, Lee, who looks too handsome to be a janitor.
The story narrates by an A row, that is, Lee, after his brothers death, has to take the responsibility of the family, dealing with posthumous affairs and the arrangements of the nephew, while the B-row goes to explain Lee’s earlier life, and how the worst thing had come free to him. In other words, the A row is to give suspense: when you watched Lee’s reactions and actions, you wanted to know what happened, and the B row is the resolver, gradually revealing the answer. The rhythm is finely designed.