This movie is a sleeper that I had never heard of previously. It is also a tearjerker which I loved about it. Also, to see so many of my old favorites in big and small parts in this movie was an unexpected treat. Cameo appearances by Meryl Streep and Glenn Close were a breath of fresh air. Vanessa Redgrave as the matriarch played alongside her daughter Natasha Richardson, who also played her daughter in the movie. It is interesting that Meryl Streep’s daughter, Mamie Gummer, played Meryl Streep’s character Lila in her early years. Clare Danes is the younger version of Vanessa Redgrave’s character Ann and is an integral part of the story as Ann looks back on her life.
Yes, I was confused at first too while trying to separate out these characters and their relationship to each other. Flashbacks added to the bewilderment. Gradually, the picture clears and a heartwarming story is played before our eyes.
Ann the matriarch is on her deathbed throughout the entire movie as she looked back on her life and on the one person she loved most of all – Harris. Of course, she didn’t marry Harris although they had a few love scenes which indicated that their feelings for each other were mutual. We learn through the flashbacks that her best friend Lila confessed to Ann on Lila’s wedding day that she too was in love with Harris. Both women went on to marriage with others and had fine families, but each never forgot the effect that Harris had on their lives.
When the older Lila (Meryl Streep) visits Ann on her deathbed, they reminisce about their youth and their common love for Harris. The long overdue meeting brought happiness to both ladies as they share their old memories. Lila was also able to tell her daughters that Harris was just an old boyfriend of Ann’s since they were distressed that their mother kept mentioning Harris’ name in her feverish conversations.
The story takes place initially in the 50’s and brings us up to the present day. Doesn’t everyone reminisce about their first love – the one that got away. If you have had that experience, you will truly enjoy the movie Evening.
I have seen some negative reviews of the film (click here to read one) which stated that well-known name actors had to be used to save the movie which could not stand on its own. However, I thoroughly enjoyed the movie which took place in my era, and perhaps that is my reason for the movie resonating with me.
Movie – Evening (2007)