August Evening (2007)



Critic 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.

August Evening Photos

Movie Info

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 strong but gentle old man. Life is slowly changing for both of them, though; Jamie isn't getting the same kind of work he once did, and his health is beginning to fail him, while Lupe is gradually finding new love, which deeply concerns her protective father-in-law. August Evening received a special "sneak preview" screening as a work in progress at the 2007 South by Southwest Film Festival.
PG-13 (for brief strong language)
Art House & International , Drama
Directed By:
Written By:
In Theaters:


Sandra Rios
as Alice
Abel Becerra
as Victor
Cesar Flores
as Salazar
Show More Cast

News & Interviews for August Evening

Critic Reviews for August Evening

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (12)

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

Full Review… | November 20, 2008
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

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… | October 18, 2008
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | September 26, 2008
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | September 17, 2008
The New Republic
Top Critic

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… | September 5, 2008
New York Post
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 5, 2008
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for August Evening


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 someone who gets bored easily, however, because it really is a slow moving (yet nice) drama.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


The story sometimes moves at a crawl, but always the filmmaker follows the pair with unobtrusive attentiveness to conflicting cultural and generational pulls.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

August Evening Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Discussion Forum

Discuss August Evening on our Movie forum!

News & Features