August Evening
August Evening (2007)

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;… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: June 21, 2007
DVD Release Date: January 13, 2009
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Chris Eska's debut feature is a simple but compelling film, with strong performances and a story that moves along slowly but never fails to engage its audience.

Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

Loren has an ethereal presence that is, at the same time, indomitable.

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

Eska, who wrote and edited his film, appears to be at the beginning of a good career.

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Stan Hall

Jaime and Lupe are vividly realized, sympathetic characters.

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Robert Koehler

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.

V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Pedro Castaneda, a nonprofessional appearing in his first film, and Veronica Loren tug at your heartstrings with their portrayals of the lead characters.

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Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

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.

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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

A poignant film filled with ample rewards for those who submit to its leisurely pace and gentle observations.

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Andrew O'Hehir

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.

Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News

(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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
This movie has a slow pace, but some wonderful moments. It's a slice of life movie about strong relationships, and the importance of family. Not for… More