Manchester By the Sea is incredible in the most understated way possible. It seems like it should be this extremely dramatic over-acted film, and instead it just felt like invading someone’s actual life. I didn’t actually spend any of it laughing or crying, just feeling. I was brought back to my own memories of that kind of overwhelming grief that’s awkward and you have no idea how to even deal with it. Casey Affleck says a million words without speaking. There is such an understanding of real grief and it made the whole film so cathartic. It cut like a knife and was a relief at the same time.
Director - Kenneth Lonergan, Cinematography - Jody Lee Lipes
“I…said many terrible things…You may never want to talk to me again…But…
my heart was broken. It will always be broken. But I know that yours is too. I said things that…I know I should burn in hell for the fucking things I told you! I am sorry! I love you! I am sorry” Randi
When I write the script, I hear the movie more in terms of the music than I do in terms of sound effects. I can actually hear it in my mind. I pay a lot of attention to the music, even during the early stages of writing. The Star Wars movies are, in essence, silent movies because they are stories that are told visually; and in silent movies the relationship between image and music is everything. A lot of the story and a lot of emotion are told through the music. It is one of the most important elements of a film.
George Lucas, The Making of Episode I - The Phantom Menace