Loren has an ethereal presence that is, at the same time, indomitable.
| Original Score: B
Jaime and Lupe are vividly realized, sympathetic characters.
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.
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
(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
A poignant film filled with ample rewards for those who submit to its leisurely pace and gentle observations.
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
Eska, who wrote and edited his film, appears to be at the beginning of a good career.
A mature move for a debuting filmmaker.
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.
| Original Score: 5/5
Pedro Castaneda, a nonprofessional appearing in his first film, and Veronica Loren tug at your heartstrings with their portrayals of the lead characters.
Castaneda [star]...gives 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.
The story sometimes moves at a crawl, but always the filmmaker follows the pair with unobtrusive attentiveness to conflicting cultural and generational pulls.
| Original Score: B+
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
Rich in atmosphere and family values.
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.
| Original Score: B-
August Evening succeeds as both intimate human drama and a probing exploration of the nature of family.
| Original Score: 4/6
[Director] Eska manages to superimpose downtrodden personalities on an authentic setting, making it a compelling exercise in atmospheric storytelling.
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.
August Evening is infinitely more absorbing and entertaining than we had any right to expect from such simple and undemanding creatures.