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August Evening

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Pedro Castaneda, August Evening

August Evening

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
runtime:
128 minutes
Limited Release Date:
09/05/08
performer:
Pedro Castaneda, Veronica Loren
director:
Chris Eska
distributor:
Maya Releasing
author:
Chris Eska
genre:
Drama

We gave it a B+

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+