As human beings, we’re all doomed to experience loss in our lives. What follows—grief—is what sets us apart as individuals, as we find our own unique ways to express this inevitable, intensely private emotion. Sometimes it comes quick and heavy, like a gushing waterfall, and other times it flows slowly, like a winding, seemingly endless river. With his new film, Manchester by the Sea, filmmaker Kenneth Lonergan chronicles the effects of loss and grief with simultaneous specificity and universality, anchored by a tremendous ensemble and a stunning lead turn by Casey Affleck. It is a deeply felt, honest, and profoundly human film that once again proves that Lonergan’s knack for capturing emotional honesty onscreen is unmatched.