Friday, June 29, 2007
Focus Features came to Rhode Island last year and made a little film called Evening. It was the closing film for the Newport Film Festival this year and opens in theaters this week. A woman lies on her deathbed, slipping in and out of consciousness. The flashbacks reveal her life. The scenes weave the story of friendships, choices, triumphs and mistakes. The film is beautiful, and this is some of the finest acting I've ever seen. Vanessa Redgrave, Claire Danes, Mamie Gummer, Toni Collette, Natasha Richardson, Patrick Wilson, Meryl Streep, Hugh Dancy and Glenn Close turn in outstanding performance as their character's lives unfold. The film transitions well, from the past to present day. A life story, beautifully told.