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August Evening Reviews

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September 5, 2008
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
October 18, 2008
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.
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September 4, 2008
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.
Read More | Original Score: B-
September 3, 2008
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.
September 2, 2008
Despite its slow pace and excessive length, it's still a striking debut from the [first-time] filmmaker that thrives on the simplicity of the characters and storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
September 2, 2008
August Evening may not be on par with the work of Yasujiro Ozu, but the late Japanese master's influence can be felt in the patient rhythms and thematic preoccupations of Chris Eska's film
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 3, 2008
[Director] Eska manages to superimpose downtrodden personalities on an authentic setting, making it a compelling exercise in atmospheric storytelling.
October 31, 2008
Jaime and Lupe are vividly realized, sympathetic characters.
September 13, 2008
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 | Original Score: 5/5
September 5, 2008
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 | Original Score: B+
September 29, 2008
(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
January 23, 2008
Ebbs as leisurely as Gonzales' Guadalupe River.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 26, 2008
A poignant film filled with ample rewards for those who submit to its leisurely pace and gentle observations.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 4, 2008
August Evening succeeds as both intimate human drama and a probing exploration of the nature of family.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
September 4, 2008
Rich in atmosphere and family values.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 5, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3/4
September 3, 2008
August Evening is infinitely more absorbing and entertaining than we had any right to expect from such simple and undemanding creatures.
September 5, 2008
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.
September 15, 2008
A mature move for a debuting filmmaker.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 17, 2008
Eska, who wrote and edited his film, appears to be at the beginning of a good career.
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