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August Evening Reviews

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Loren has an ethereal presence that is, at the same time, indomitable.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B

November 21, 2008
Stan Hall

Jaime and Lupe are vividly realized, sympathetic characters.

Full Review Source: Oregonian

October 31, 2008
Robert Koehler
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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.

Full Review Source: Variety

October 18, 2008
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.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 4/5

October 10, 2008
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.

| Original Score: 3/4

September 29, 2008
Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
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A poignant film filled with ample rewards for those who submit to its leisurely pace and gentle observations.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

September 26, 2008
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News

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.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News | Original Score: 3/4

September 26, 2008
Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
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Eska, who wrote and edited his film, appears to be at the beginning of a good career.

Full Review Source: The New Republic

September 17, 2008
Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine

A mature move for a debuting filmmaker.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

September 15, 2008
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

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.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 5/5

September 13, 2008
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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Pedro Castaneda, a nonprofessional appearing in his first film, and Veronica Loren tug at your heartstrings with their portrayals of the lead characters.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

September 5, 2008
Andrew O'Hehir
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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.

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September 5, 2008
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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The story sometimes moves at a crawl, but always the filmmaker follows the pair with unobtrusive attentiveness to conflicting cultural and generational pulls.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B+

September 5, 2008
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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As the movie inches along, its virtues turn into faults. Its elliptical style leaves unanswered questions, the pace begins to feel choppy, and the lyrical pauses become a recurrent tic.

| Original Score: 2/5

September 5, 2008
Harvey S. Karten

Rich in atmosphere and family values.

Full Review Source: Compuserve | Original Score: B

September 4, 2008
Sam Adams
AV Club
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Although its plot has its share of melodramatic twists and tearful revelations, August Evening focuses on the moments between, the mundane interactions that make up a life.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B-

September 4, 2008
Joshua Land
Time Out New York
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August Evening succeeds as both intimate human drama and a probing exploration of the nature of family.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 4/6

September 4, 2008
Eric Kohn
New York Press

[Director] Eska manages to superimpose downtrodden personalities on an authentic setting, making it a compelling exercise in atmospheric storytelling.

Full Review Source: New York Press

September 3, 2008
Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
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Perhaps Eska didn't have to write all of his characters into overlapping crossroads of crisis, but he's more nuanced than overt, and his cast (especially Loren and the nonprofessional Castaneda) sells it.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

September 3, 2008
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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August Evening is infinitely more absorbing and entertaining than we had any right to expect from such simple and undemanding creatures.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

September 3, 2008
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