Starting Out in the Evening Poster

Release Date: November 23rd, 2007

DVD Release Date: April 22nd, 2008

PG-13|1 hr 50 min

Plot Summary
A complex relationship develops between Leonard (Frank Langella), an academic novelist of advancing years, and Heather (Lauren Ambrose), a determined, fresh-faced graduate student doing her master's thesis on Leonard's career. Leonard keeps everyone at an emotional distance, including his devoted daughter, Ariel (Lili Taylor), and her unsettled boyfriend, Casey (Adrian Lester). Heather's attention, although motivated by selfish interests, forces Leonard to reexamine his life.

Cast: Frank Langella, Lauren Ambrose, Lili Taylor, Adrian Lester

Director: Andrew Wagner

Genres: Drama

Production Co: InDiGent Entertainment

Distributors: Roadside Attractions

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  • A "small" movie. But in its keenly observed examination of strangers who become intimates - and of family members who remain, in part, strangers - it has big things to say. show more

  • The movie is carefully modulated to draw us deeper and deeper into the situation, and uses no contrived plot devices to superimpose plot jolts on what is, after all, a story involving four civilized people who are only trying, each in a different way, to find happiness. show more

  • Succeeds so beautifully because of a compelling story, great acting, intelligent writing and sensitive direction. show more

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