August Evening
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The bonds of family are weathered by the winds of change in this independent drama from writer and director Chris Eska. Jamie (Pedro Castaneda) is an illegal immigrant living in Texas, where he earns a living doing odd jobs and farm work; in his early sixties, Jamie is no longer a young man, but he works hard and takes his responsibilities seriously. Jamie shares his home with his daughter-in-law, Lupe (Veronica Loren), who has been on her own since the untimely death of her husband. Jamie feels a paternal love for Lupe, and tries to look out for her however he can, while she looks up to the… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Loren has an ethereal presence that is, at the same time, indomitable."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Eska, who wrote and edited his film, appears to be at the beginning of a good career."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"Jaime and Lupe are vividly realized, sympathetic characters."
‑ Stan Hall, Oregonian
"August Evening creates a complete world, with all of its practical limitations and emotional possibilities, for Jaime and Lupe to hunt for their place in."
‑ Bob Strauss, Los Angeles Daily News
"Rich in atmosphere and family values."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
"Eska's tale of a woman's unconditional support of her father-in-law is told with a faux-poetic sensibility that never really connects with his characters' lives."
‑ Robert Koehler, Variety
"Pedro Castaneda, a nonprofessional appearing in his first film, and Veronica Loren tug at your heartstrings with their portrayals of the lead characters."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"This quiet, contemplative gem of a film paints a painfully accurate portrait of familial love, loss, and healing-by-degrees among the migrant communities bordering San Antonio."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"A mature move for a debuting filmmaker."
‑ Tim Cogshell, Boxoffice Magazine
"[Director] Eska manages to superimpose downtrodden personalities on an authentic setting, making it a compelling exercise in atmospheric storytelling."
‑ Eric Kohn, New York Press
"A poignant film filled with ample rewards for those who submit to its leisurely pace and gentle observations."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"Castaneda [star] a towering, Robert Duvall-style performance as a granitic man in late middle age whose internal world of pain and love and knowledge occasionally flickers to the surface."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir,
"(Pedro) Castaneda, the male lead in Chris Eska's mesmerizing debut feature August Evening, has the kind of natural, hypnotic screen presence that cannot be taught."
‑ Larry Ratliff, San Antonio Express-News
"A shooting star of a movie with awesome beauty in its characters, in the natural world, and in the cycles of creation and destruction depicted in the emotionally affecting drama."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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