It’s often difficult to put into words the kind of experiences we’ve had, and sometimes we have to skirt around the idea that we can be vulnerable, open, emotionally available. Sometimes we feel like we need to put up a wall, and that’s the best way we can protect ourselves, like a callous of the heart.
One of the most difficult things to do is understand someone. I’m talking really understand someone, yet understanding is a fundamental aspect of relationships. Sometimes, though, you come across those who are cut off, separated from everyone else, and trying to understand them is a difficulty in its own right. For Lee Chandler, you’ll find yourself wondering why he’s so irritable, so quiet, so distant, and sometimes, it’s hard to come to terms with what you learn.
Manchester by the Sea is Rated R for language throughout and sexual content. It features Casey Affleck, Lucas Hedges, Michelle Williams, and Kyle Chandler. Directed by Kenneth Lonergan.
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Melvin Benson is the creator, editor, and lead host of Cinematic Doctrine. He’s written fiction and nonfiction for over a decade with short stories featured on the Creepypasta Wiki and Wattpad. His novelette Ethereal Temptation, a teen drama with a tinge of magical-realism, can be read for free here. His hope is to see King Jesus glorified as far as the east is from the west!
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