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The film, just out on DVD and Blu-ray, tells a simple and strong story.
A man-strong, resolute-will not let his life disappear into the twilight. He will not let it vanish over the horizon. Instead, he will fight . . .to keep the things he loves, to confront the petty emotional robberies inflicted on the elderly. That Evening Sun is a tale of determination and hope played against the humid background of Southern gothic emotions. It got rave reviews---Variety hailed Hal's performance as a "career-highlight star turn as an irascible octogenarian farmer who will not go gentle into that good night."
And on a touching, bittersweet postscript, the film marks the last screen appearance of Dixie Carter, Holbrook's real life wife, who died shortly after the film was made . . . and to whom the film is dedicated.
Holbrook plays Abner Meecham, an aging Tennessee farmer living in a nursing facility where he has been placed by his son, Paul, who has no sympathy for a father's pride. But Abner has other ideas . . . and escapes to fulfill his dream of returning to his cherished farm and living out his final days in peace.
But when he arrives, he finds that his son has betrayed him a second time.
Paul has sold the lease of the farm to Abner's old adversary, Lonzo Choat. With the battle lines drawn, neither man is willing to give way.Read more ›
Hal Holbrook, in what is perhaps the finest performance of his stellar career, plays Abner Meecham, a crusty old coot who escapes from his retirement home and returns to his farm, only to discover that his adult son (Walton Goggins) has "sold" it to a family that the octogenarian considers to be `white trash".
Meecham, however, is a proud, stubborn man, so he moves into the sharecropper's cabin across from the main house, buys a barking dog for company and lays "siege" to the intruders. It is just a matter of time before events turn very ugly.
Adapted to the screen by director Scott Teems from a short story by William Gay, THAT EVENING SUN is filled with well-defined characters of varying shades of gray. Meecham may, indeed, be the hero of the piece, but he is definitely a flawed hero, just as his antagonist (Ray McKinnon), for very brief moments, can evoke our sympathy.
The ending to the story is now what one would expect.
Mia Wasikowska, Carrie Preston, Barry Corbin and Holbrook's late wife, Dixie Carter, are effective in their various roles.
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What makes this film excellent IMHO is its modest, understated approach. Sure, it's a drama, but at no point does it get "dramatic" or overtly poignant. Rather than force feed his viewers with evocative music and gratuitous camera moves/angles, director Scott Teems trusts that viewers are able to sense emotional subtlety and subtext.
I'm excited to hear Teems' commentary and watch the special features!
cinema, he did not disappoint this time either.
The movie is slow moving, which to me was a attribute
considering the premise of the story...A elderly man
who had lost his wife of many years, put into a nursing
home by his children and his home sold..
Well, Mr Holbrooks character wasn't taking that.
He give a fierce performance of a elder man who is going
to fight for what he believes is right...
The supporting cast was great, Walton Goggins as always gave
a A+ performance. Ray McKinnon and Carrie Preston as well
were on the game...
I highly reccomend this movie.THAT EVENING SUN
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The story of a grumpy old man who "just wants his farm back".
When we first see Abner he's rotting apart in a nursing home with a lost and lonely look on his... Read more
That Evening Sun can seem like reality as we began to age, art imitating life.
it makes you feel lucky when you have a loving family, we shouldn't take for granted.
good acting could not save this movie as the pace is just not quite good enough.Published 7 months ago by Finnomaki