Watch That Evening Sun
- 1 hr 49 min
That Evening Sun is a 2009 American drama film directed by Scott Teems and based on a short story by William Gay. The film stars Hal Holbrook, Barlow Jacobs, and Mia Wasikowska, and was critically acclaimed for its portrayal of old age, family drama, and a sense of place. The story revolves around an elderly farmer Abner Meecham, played by Holbrook, who is forced to leave his home and live with his son and daughter-in-law in town. He is unhappy with his new living arrangement and decides to run away to his old farm, which is now being leased to a man named Lonzo Choat, played by Jacobs. Abner's return to his old house creates tension with Choat, and the two men engage in a battle of wills over the ownership of the farm. Meanwhile, Abner's adult daughter, Pamela (Wasikowska), tries to reconcile with her father and convince him to come back to town. The film explores themes of old age, family dynamics, and rural life. Holbrook's performance as Abner is a standout, showcasing the actor's nuanced portrayal of a man who is proud, stubborn, and vulnerable. Jacobs as Choat gives a complex performance as a man who is trying to hold on to a piece of land that has become his only source of livelihood. Wasikowska as Pamela brings a different perspective to the story, offering a glimpse into the younger generation's struggle to connect with their elders. Director Scott Teems does an excellent job of bringing Gay's short story to life, capturing the beauty and harshness of rural life in the American South. The film's cinematography, by veteran cinematographer Rodney Taylor, captures the lush landscapes of Tennessee where the film is set, and also manages to convey the claustrophobic feeling of the town where Abner is reluctantly staying. The movie's screenplay, co-written by Teems and Andrew Colville, has been universally praised for its rich characterization and dialogue that rings true to the region and its people. The film's soundtrack, which features music by revered bluegrass musician Jim Lauderdale, also adds to the film's authenticity. Overall, That Evening Sun is an outstanding drama that packs an emotional punch. It is a movie that explores how the passage of time can change people, relationships, and even the meaning of home. The film's final scene is one that will stay with the viewers long after the credits roll, and is a testament to the power of cinema to convey complex emotions and ideas.