That question lies at the center of Lajos Koltai's Evening, a plodding, multigenerational drama that looks back at the life of Ann Grant Lord (Vanessa Redgrave).
As she remembers, we see two convoluted narratives filtered through an ancient notion of "women"'s hopes, disappointments, and obligations.
That is, she doesn't see how the dreary classism of her hosts shaped her own life at the same time she believed she was resisting it.
Buddy, unsure about his sexuality, expresses love for both Harris and Ann.An all-star cast of the greatest actresses of our time - including Academy Award winner Vanessa Redgrave, Academy Award winner Meryl Streep, Toni Collette, Claire Danes, Natasha Richardson and Glenn Close - come together in this passionate and heartwarming story.As Ann (Redgrave) reflects on one beautiful and life-changing weekend with the one true love of her life, her daughters (Collette and Richardson) come to their own understanding about the power of the past and the unbreakable bonds between mothers and daughters, family, and the loves of their lives.While they worry she's turning delirious, they berate each other's life choices and debate what it means to be a "fulfilled woman." Connie is contentedly married with children, Nina's the acerbic hip-chick who puts off her boyfriend Luc (Ebon Moss-Bachrach) with quips like "Can't we discuss this sometime when my mother isn't dying?"As this cursory opposition between the sisters suggests, the film is structured by shortcuts.