martes, 17 de enero de 2017

MercatorNet: Manchester by the Sea

MercatorNet: Manchester by the Sea

Manchester by the Sea

Manchester by the Sea

Real grief. Real pain. Real people. And the possibility of forgiveness.
Laura Cotta Ramosino | Dec 7 2016 | comment 

Manchester by the Sea     Written and directed by Kenneth Lonergan      
Starring Casey Affleck, Kyle Chandler, Michelle Williams, Lucas Hedges, Gretchen Mol, Matthew Broderick        
142 minutes 
Lee Chandler, a handyman and janitor, must return to his home town of Manchester, north of Boston, after the sudden death of his older brother Joe. He discovers that Joe named him legal guardian of his 16-year-old son Patrick. Lee will have to face the ghosts of his tragic past… 
A dramatist and a screenwriter for major directors (he wrote the scripts of Analyze This and Gangs of New York), Kenneth Lonergan proves in this brilliant film that he is an artist of great sensitivity, capable of diving deeply and compassionately into grief.
The movie is strengthened by Casey Affleck’s performance (already excellent in his brother Ben’s debut behind the camera in Gone Baby Gone), and a strong cast, among whom the young Lucas Hedges and the veteran Kyle Chandler shine.
The plot doesn’t progress linearly, but reveals its secrets gradually. Lee’s resistance to coming back to his home town, where he had been happy, his complicated family ties (his deceased brother had an alcoholic wife, who abandoned him and their son, and then made a new life for herself with a very devoted partner), are explained by a terrible tragedy that destroyed a family but couldn’t erase the love.
The unsentimental and sometimes painful depiction of the relationship between uncle and nephew is one of the more touching features of the movie. In other moments, the movie chooses a lighter approach (like Patrick’s love misadventures, where he exploits his loss to carry on the complicated triangle he has with two women), showing that life goes on even after the worst tragedies.
Lonergan’s script has a sardonic humour and avoids heart-warming sentimentality. But it offers a humanly positive perspective, leaving a door open to forgiveness, which is the only possible key to making a fresh start in life. But as the film shows, it can be harder to forgive ourselves than to forgive others.
Problematic elements for the viewer: a couple of sexual scenes, foul language.
Laura Cotta Ramosino is a story editor for Rai Uno, the national Italian broadcaster.


We're not keen on being alarmist at MercatorNet, but it probably pays to be prepared. In this issue we sketch out the future of human reproduction. It seems that scientists will soon be able to analyse the genome of an embryo quickly and cheaply, leading to commercial eugenics. And even more unsettling, they may be able to create as many embryos as you want from a single skin cell. The consequences of this are mind-boggling.

Michael Cook

Stem cell biology may revolutionise reproduction
By Michael Cook
Scientists are close to finding out how to create eggs and sperm in a Petri dish
Read the full article
Love and Friendship
By Carolyn Moynihan
Jane Austen's wit played to the hilt, without her moral vision.
Read the full article
Technology and marriage in crime prevention
By Nicole M. King
Marriage moderates some genetic predispositions to anti-social behaviour, research shows.
Read the full article
Experts warn Australians against following overseas experience with euthanasia
By Debra Vermeer
When doctors are authorised to kill their patients, fundamental social values undergo a tectonic shift
Read the full article
The fake news that sealed the fate of Antony and Cleopatra
By Eve MacDonald
The scandal of the century sank Antony's hopes of becoming ruler of the Roman world -- but it probably wasn't true.
Read the full article
Canadian bioethicists call for organ donor euthanasia
By Michael Cook
Of all ideas about assisted dying, this must be the worst
Read the full article
These eight US states have shrunk in 2016
By Shannon Roberts
U.S. population growth is at an 80 year low.
Read the full article
Fans clamor for new series
By Jane Fagan
This book is amazing on a number of levels.
Read the full article

MERCATORNET | New Media Foundation 
Suite 12A, Level 2, 5 George Street, North Strathfied NSW 2137, Australia 

Designed by elleston

New Media Foundation | Suite 12A, Level 2, 5 George St | North Strathfield NSW 2137 | AUSTRALIA | +61 2 8005 8605 

No hay comentarios: