EVENING

Deathbed Sorrows

Content -2
Quality
None Light Moderate Heavy
Language        
Violence        
Sex        
Nudity        

Release Date: June 29, 2007

Starring: Claire Danes, Toni Collette,
Vanessa Redgrave, Patrick
Wilson, Hugh Dancy, Natasha
Richardson, Mamie Gummer,
Meryl Streep, and Glenn Close

Genre: Drama

Audience: Adults

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 117 minutes

Distributor: Focus Features/Universal
Pictures/NBC Universal

Director: Lajos Koltai

Executive Producer: ichael Cunningham, Jill
Footlick, Michael Hogan,
Robert Kessel, and Susan Minot

Producer: Jeff Sharp

Writer: Susan Minot and Michael
Cunningham

Address Comments To:

James Schamus, President
Focus Features/Rogue Pictures
A Division of Universal Pictures
65 Bleecker St., 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10012
Phone: (212) 539-4000
Fax: (212) 539-4099
Website: www.focusfeatures.com

Content:

(RoRo, L, V, S, N, AA, D, M) Strong Romantic worldview in story dealing with death without consideration of God, heaven or hell; three obscenities and two profanities; man accidentally hit by car; one scene of sex outside of marriage (not graphic) and woman discovers she’s pregnant though not married; brief rear male nudity; drinking at a wedding, including toasts, and one character gets very drunk and misbehaves; several people smoke; and, people are unkind to each other in word and deed.

Summary:

VENING is the sad story of Ann Grant (Vanessa Redgrave) on her deathbed without faith in God grieving about her past and reliving a key period of it in frequent flashbacks (played by Claire Danes). MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution because of some language, sex outside of marriage, brief rear male nudity, and drunkenness.

Review:

EVENING is the story of Ann Grant (Vanessa Redgrave) who’s on her deathbed grieving about her past and reliving a key period of it in frequent flashbacks (played by Claire Danes). It is a sad study of facing death without faith in God and without forgiveness for the mistakes made years ago. Ann is haunted by a weekend 50 years earlier when she went to be a bridesmaid at her best friend Lila’s wedding.

Lila (Marnie Gummer) was marrying Ralph when she really loved Harris who did not love her. Harris fell in love with Ann when she showed up for the wedding. This is further complicated by the fact that Lila’s brother Buddy has passionately loved Ann for years while Ann has treated him as nothing more than her best friend’s little brother.

The mix turns explosive and tragic as Ann finds herself attracted to Harris. The tragedy is buried for 50 years. Ann is married twice and has two daughters, who are both present as their mother lives her final days. As the mother mumbles about her fateful weekend, the daughters are left puzzled about their mother’s strange remarks. Are they from real experiences or fantasy?

The message of the movie is that you should put your mistakes behind you as if, “there are no mistakes.” But, people do make mistakes. We need forgiveness and a way to overcome our sinful nature. The answer is Jesus Christ. Through Him we can be truly forgiven and set free from bondage to a life of sin. He is the ultimate answer to deathbed worries because through Him we can look forward to eternal life with a clean conscience.

Movies like EVENING and TWO WEEKS attempt to offer some insight in dealing with the final days of life. Because both movies leave salvation and eternal life out of the equation, they come across as sad and empty. For a Christian on his deathbed, friends and family can say their goodbyes, but there is the joy of knowing the departed is actually going to a better place, free of pain and sickness. Rather than focus on the evening of this life, Christians can focus on morning in eternity.

MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution because of some language, sex outside of marriage, brief rear male nudity, and drunkenness.

In Brief:

EVENING is the story of Ann Grant (Vanessa Redgrave) on her deathbed grieving about her past and reliving one event in frequent flashbacks (played by Claire Danes). It is a sad study of facing death without faith in God and without forgiveness for the mistakes made years ago. Ann is haunted by a weekend 50 years earlier when she was a bridesmaid at her best friend Lila’s wedding. The tragedy is buried for 50 years. Ann has married twice and has two daughters who are both present as their mother lives her final days.

The message of the movie is that you should put your mistakes behind you as if, “there are no mistakes.” But, people do make mistakes. We need forgiveness and a way to overcome our sinful nature. The answer is Jesus Christ. Through Him we can be truly forgiven and set free from bondage to a life of sin. He is the ultimate answer to deathbed worries because, through Him, we can look forward to eternal life with a clean conscience. MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution because of some language, sex outside of marriage, brief male nudity, and drunkenness.