Evening

2008-02-25 16:08
 
What it's about:

Overcome by the power of memory, Ann Lord (Vanessa Redgrave) reveals a long-held secret to her concerned daughters; Constance (Natasha Richardson), a content wife and mother, and Nina (Toni Collette), a restless single woman. Both are bedside when Ann calls out for the man she loved more than any other.

What the critics say:

"An old lady takes a long time to die in this po-faced literary effort as a bed-ridden Redgrave looks back to the golden summer when her young self (Claire Danes) found love."
Neil Smith, thelondonpaper

"Even the lineup of superlative thesps can't mask the pandering, manipulative ploys at the film's cheesy heart."
Erica Abeel, Film Journal International

"The strength of the screenplay and acting provide a satisfying, although not overwhelming, two hours of romance, drama, and tragedy."
James Berardinelli, ReelViews

"A woman's deathbed reveries provide a poignant but rather obvious counterpoint to her daughters' present-day emotional concerns in Evening."
Justin Chang, Variety

"Evening, despite its fine source material and roster of formidable talent, lurches clumsily across two very long, disconnected hours, reducing Minot's, sprawling, ethereal story to a pop psych nugget about embracing life as it comes."
Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times

"Proves that not every book deserves its own film."
Manohla Dargis, New York Times
A dying woman reflects on the time in her youth, as her two daughters wrestle with their own personal issues.

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