Honestly, I've never watched a movie that is so dry, so depressing, so hopeless like this one. It cannot be defined as the traditional movie; it's more like shooting a home video of Lee's couple of days in Manchester and throw it to your face to let you figure it out. A typical small town, in which everyone seems living their lives but Lee. After that incident he became like a dead corpses with flesh - nothing doesn't seem to matter any longer; As he said "there is nothing there."
I guess the director's intention is to make a contrast of everyone else's life versus Lee's indifference - to explain why it includes so many scenes that doesn't seem in straight line with the theme/storyline. But I really don't appreciate him (the director) simply dumping everything together with limited editing and/or processing, too many trivial lines for instance, even though the reality could be that he did this on purpose to make it artistic.
But you know, I could have shot myself or shut it down like an hour ago if I wasn't aware of it having won the Academy this year. Great acting indeed; lousy story-telling.