Flashback memories can be tricky, but director Kenneth Lonergan decided with his crew to embrace them head-on in the Oscar- contending “Manchester By the Sea,” in which Casey Affleck’s repressed, grief-stricken handyman returns to his hometown to confront his demons.
“The story read as a mystery as though I were reading two narratives at the same time, and I wanted to make sure that came through in the film,” editor Jennifer Lame told IndieWire.
Therefore, the flashbacks were not visually separated — they were treated as a parallel narrative. As a result, past and present flowed naturally and chronologically. “His life is overwhelmed by the past and therefore avoids it by consuming himself with busy work as a handyman so there are never any private moments,” Lame said.