Like the blue-blooded family at its center, Evening has quite a pedigree. Based on the best-selling novel by Susan Minot, and adapted by Minot and Michael Cunningham (The Hours), it’s directed by Lajos Koltai, whose previous feature, Fateless, earned widespread praise. And how about that starry cast? Even the least familiar of its leading players, Mamie Gummer, turns out to be cinematic aristocracy: She’s Meryl Streep’s daughter.
Skeptics might wonder if all this window dressing doesn’t cover a multitude of sins. The film never descends into the dreaded bath of sentimental kitsch, yet I wondered if there wasn’t a more daring, Douglas Sirk–style melodrama here, waiting to be liberated. Evening, ever aware of its pedigree, is simply too well behaved.
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