Evening 2007

Evening

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Beautifully filmed, but decidedly dull, Evening is a collossal waste of a talented cast.

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Lying on her deathbed, drifting in and out of consciousness, Ann Grant Lord (Vanessa Redgrave) calls forth memories of her one true love, Harris Arden (Patrick Wilson). As a young woman, she met Harris at her best friend's wedding and had a brief affair, but it ended when he left her to marry another. As Ann recalls the bittersweet time in her life, her daughters (Toni Collette, Natasha Richardson) try to come to terms with her imminent death.

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  • Sep 20, 2011
    On her deathbed and filled with regret, a woman recalls a brief romance with a doctor while her daughters contemplate their lives. Though the film is slow in places, I found it profound and profoundly moving. Ultimately, it supports domestic life, but it does so by denouncing regret -- a journey that resonates with me. Ann, fading away to her death, wonders how life would have turned out if she had pursued a man with whom she had a one night stand years ago just as her daughter wonders whether to stay with the man who impregnated her; it is perhaps too convenient that these storylines so flawlessly intertwine, but as the stories unfold, I forgot about the convenience and concentrated on the theme. There isn't an outstanding performance in the film, save possibly for Toni Collette as the uncertain daughter, but everyone is solid. I did think that the romance between Ann and Harris should have been more passionate or more deeply connected; as it is, I wonder if a one night stand is really worth a lifetime of regret. Overall, I enjoyed <i>Evening</i>, a poignant drama with timeless themes.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Oct 03, 2009
    A very emotional and heartwrenching movie that was filled sadness and tragedy. Not just with the dying mother, but how no one really ended up with who they really wanted or how Buddy dies...after being rejected. Besides her daughters, did anyone really end up happy? With the life they wanted? i just needed a little more happiness. But on the other hand, at least they didn't try to have a typical hollywood ending like most movies do. This movie is pretty typical of what real life would be. But still, I needed a happy ending. Just to make up for all the sadness throughout it. The cast did a wonderful job, very well acted, very believable. And its a pretty good story too. Some of the scenes were very beautifully shot. I liked the backdrops. However the movie kind of dragged on. I mean its a good movie, but nothing that will stick with me for years to come. Good, but kind of forgettable. Still worth a watch I guess.
    m h Super Reviewer
  • Jul 28, 2009
    A quiet film with a dynamite cast that reads like a Hollywood Who's Who about a woman at the end of her life reminiscing about what might have been. The film had a surreal quality to it as Ann (Vanessa Redgrave) drifted in and out of consciousness, sometimes dreaming and remembering the past, and sometimes hallucinating in the present, and sometimes interacting with the people who come and go. Two performances stand out for this viewer. Clare Danes, as the young Ann, was marvelous and re-established my belief in her beauty and talent. She is growing up good! And Toni Collette as the younger of Ann's two daughters turned in a very poignant portrayal of a woman making important decisions about her life as she watches her mother fade away. Of special note: Natasha Richardson, who was actually Redgraves' daughter, played her other daughter in what was probably their final film together. Some plot devices tended to be a little too pat, but overall a thoughtful film. And the cast! How many films can boast hiring Meryl Streep and Glenn Close for small supporting roles? Emotional without being sappy or overly sentimental.
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  • Jan 13, 2009
    As Ann (Vanessa Redgrave) reflects on one beautiful and life changing weekend with ehr true love, her daughters (Toni Colette and Natasha Richardson) come to their own understanding about the power of the past and the unbreakable bonds between mothers and daughters and family and the loves of their lives. <a href="http://s420.photobucket.com/albums/pp286/ladypink_2009/?action=view¤t=evening1-hi1.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i420.photobucket.com/albums/pp286/ladypink_2009/evening1-hi1.jpg" border="0" alt="evening"></a> This movie is heart touching and beautiful to watch, I like the cast in here, Great actors like Meryls Streep, Vanessa Redgrave, Claire Danes, Patrick Wilson, Toni Collette, so much more,, and they put here a great story, fans of love and romantic drama, this is one movie to see. 4 stars
    Daisy M Super Reviewer

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