A sail through rocky wa­ters

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Wil­liams hasn’t al­ways been one of my favourite ac­tresses, but the 36-year-old is ter­rific here; much closer to her qual­ity work in Broke­back Moun­tain and My Week with Mar­i­lyn.

Randi is a spit­fire of a woman who gives as good as she gets in her back-and-forth ver­bal tête-à-têtes with Lee and the pair say more with their eyes, sighs and slumped shoul­ders than many other stars could with pages of dia­logue.

Lon­er­gan utilises flash­backs to pa­tiently fill in the dots of Lee’s past and help the viewer un­der­stand why he’s so re­luc­tant to be back in his home town.

Jody Lee Lipes’ (Martha Marcy May Mar­lene, Train­wreck) de­sat­u­rated cin­e­matog­ra­phy im­pres­sively en­cap­su­lates a small fish­ing town with fa­mil­iar faces pro­tec­tive of their sur­round­ings.

The writer-di­rec­tor thank­fully drip feeds warmth and hu­mour into the of­ten hard-go­ing drama, not least dur­ing an un­ex­pected quirky hos­pi­tal fam­ily con­gre­ga­tion in aid of Lee’s older brother Joe (a like­able Kyle Chan­dler) af­ter he’s di­ag­nosed with a ter­mi­nal heart con­di­tion.

But for chunks of the film’s two-hours-plus length, Lon­er­gan asks a lot of his au­di­ence by shoot­ing scenes of lit­tle con­se­quence – and there’s no get­ting away from the gloomy cen­tral sto­ry­line.

Wisely, though, he chooses to end things with a ray of hope as Lee’s jour­ney comes full cir­cle.

Over­all, Manch­ester by the Sea sails through one or two rocky wa­ters to take you on a beau­ti­fully-acted, mov­ing jour­ney.

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