Few films deal with family as honestly as Manchester by the Sea. There is truth in the old saying that most families would never get together in one place if it weren’t for weddings and funerals. When years pass between reunions, things become tougher. And – if there are unresolved issues from the past – they will continue to inform the present. The movie also does a good job showing us how hometown reputations are often so firmly determined that a person has to leave their hometown in order to grow.