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Watch: How 'Manchester By the Sea' Portrays Grief Without Cliché

Title: Watch: How 'Manchester By the Sea' Portrays Grief Without Cliché

Manchester by the Sea manages to depict grief without falling into cliché, and this video suggests how you can do the same. Sad movies abound in, in the words of Thomas Flight, “funerals in the rain…wakes with poignant moments between characters, the dramatic death bed scene.” This essay argues that much of the strength of Manchester by the Sea—one of the most grief-stricken films in recent memory—is a result of director Kenneth Lonergan’s subversion of these traditions. Here’s how the film handles grief, and some techniques that might help you depict the rawest of human…

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