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‘Manchester by the Sea’ Review: Instantly on the Map of Classics


Near the beginning of “Manchester by the Sea” there’s a funny misunderstanding between a janitor and a pretty woman whose plumbing clog he has just fixed. She’s attracted to him, for good reason-he’s intriguingly opaque-and she takes a first impulsive step by asking, “Can I give you a tip?” He doesn’t get it, though. “You mean, like, a suggestion?” he replies blankly. In that spirit, can I give you a tip that’s a suggestion? See this film as soon as you can, preferably with someone you love. Kenneth Lonergan’s third feature as a writer-director is a drama of surpassing beauty, and Casey Affleck’s portrayal of the…

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