Oscar season is right around the corner, and with Nate Parker’s Birth Of A Nation embroiled in controversy, the industry and consumers alike are looking for another trophy hopeful that could bring throngs of moviegoers to cinemas across the country. The answer, at least as far as we can tell, is Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester by the Sea.
Starring Casey Affleck in a role that some critics believe will win him his first Best Actor nomination, Manchester by the Sea follows a Massachusetts-based janitor who is tasked with caring for his teenage nephew after the untimely death of his brother (played by Kyle Chandler). Affleck is the janitor in question, and we quickly learn in the first trailer that he is unsure whether or not he wishes to care for his brother’s son. Part of the reason for this is the need to relocate to the boy’s home, which is the childhood home of Affleck, and all the people he once left behind. Check it out:
I’m not going to lie: I cried the first time I saw this trailer. Here’s the official synopsis:
“In Manchester by the Sea, the latest film from award-winning writer and director Kenneth Lonergan, the life of a solitary Boston janitor is transformed when he returns to his hometown to take care of his teenage nephew. The story of the Chandlers, a working-class family living in a Massachusetts fishing village for generations, Manchester by the Sea is a deeply poignant, unexpectedly funny exploration of the power of familial love, community, sacrifice and hope.”
Manchester by the Sea had its world premiere at Sundance earlier this year, and it quickly sold to Amazon not long after. The critical darling may have to do some creative marketing to pull in viewers who are not familiar with Affleck’s (absolutely incredible) body of work, but the footage above leads us to believe it’ll be worth the effort.
Manchester by the Sea arrives in theaters November 18.