I read several comments expressing surprise that this film did not make any kind of splash in the theaters. This hardly surprises me. For so long now, the industry has been single-mindedly focused on promoting movies that, in one way or another, have a larger-than-life quality to them. They pitch non-stop action, suspense, immense grandeur, all star casts, sweeping, epic sagas, etc..... "Evelyn" is none of these. It does not have a dozen wild plot twists. There are no astounding special effects. The cast is not bloated with superstars. Instead, this is a fairly simple little story. It could be called sentimental, but it is not one of those sticky-sweet shows that transparently tries to work a tired tear-jerker formula on the audience. It tells a true story, simply and tenderly. The cast does a wonderful job without over-doing it. The scenes touching on the perspectives of the children unfold with a captivating sensitivity to the way most children actually perceive their world. We are shown their sometimes magical view of things without drifting into obviously cinematic fantasy sequences. Simple rays of sunlight on a little girl's fingers can momentarily prove as touching and enchanting as many a familiar excursion into computer generated wonderlands.
For those seeking adrenaline rushes, jaw-dropping visual extravaganzas, etc., etc....... you might as well look elsewhere. "Evelyn" is a very moving, stirring little film, but probably only for those who are willing to settle into its gentle, intimate little reality. Of course, part of the fun in experiencing this true story lies in the discovery of how the struggles of its characters ultimately brought about major legal and social change in Ireland where it all takes place. It might be noted that all those who enjoy films featuring a rich sense of Irish life and culture, should take great delight in this offering.