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How "Manchester By The Sea" Crafted Its Non-Linear Narrative

Friday, November 18, 2016   (0 Comments)
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From IndieWire:

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.

- Read the full article at IndieWire.com


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