August Evening This uncommonly observant, award-winning first feature by Chris Eska — about an aging, undocumented Mexican worker in Texas (Castaneda, a novice and a discovery) who… August Evening This uncommonly observant, award-winning first feature by Chris Eska — about an aging, undocumented Mexican worker in Texas (Castaneda, a novice and a discovery) who… 2008-09-05 PG-13 PT128M Drama Pedro Castaneda Veronica Loren Maya Releasing
Movie Review

August Evening (2008)

MPAA Rating: PG-13
Pedro Castaneda, August Evening | MOVIN' ON UP Newcomer Pedro Castaneda is working without papers in August Evening
MOVIN' ON UP Newcomer Pedro Castaneda is working without papers in August Evening
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Limited Release: Sep 05, 2008; Rated: PG-13; Length: 128 Minutes; Genre: Drama; With: Pedro Castaneda and Veronica Loren; Distributor: Maya Releasing

This uncommonly observant, award-winning first feature by Chris Eska — about an aging, undocumented Mexican worker in Texas (Castaneda, a novice and a discovery) who urges his widowed daughter-in-law (Loren) to remarry — echoes Yasujiro Ozu's classic 1962 film An Autumn Afternoon in title, theme, and gentle spirit. The filmmaker of August Evening creates a succession of quiet, elliptical scenes that accrue into an affecting big picture of family ties and immigrant experience. The story sometimes moves at a crawl, but always the filmmaker follows the pair with unobtrusive attentiveness to conflicting cultural and generational pulls. B+

Originally posted Sep 05, 2008 Published in issue #1010-1011 Sep 12, 2008 Order article reprints