- Rated: PG-13
- Run Time: 2 hours, 8 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: November 25, 2008
- Originally Released: 2007
- Label: Maya Home Ent
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Dolby Digital - Spanish
- Subtitles - English
- Additional Release Material:
- Director's Commentary
- Theatrical Trailer
Performers, Cast and Crew:
New York Times - 09/05/2008
"As in the Ozu films that are an obvious influence on AUGUST EVENING, Mr. Eska's static camera fixes on minimalist images that evoke the textures of his characters' lives."
Entertainment Weekly - 09/12/2008
"The filmmaker creates a succession of quiet, elliptical scenes that accrue into an affecting big picture of family ties and immigrant experience." -- Grade: B+
Los Angeles Times - 09/26/2008
"[A] poignant film filled with ample rewards for those who submit to its leisurely pace and gentle observations....A kind of mini-saga that quietly yet vividly sweeps us into its well-drawn characters' plainly compelling lives."
In this contemplative drama, an illegal immigrant named Jaime (newcomer Pedro Castaneda) bonds with his son's widow, Lupe (Veronica Loren, making her film debut), even though a change is coming that will separate them. This earthy, quiet film from writer/director Chris Eska picked up the John Cassavetes Award at the 2008 Independent Spirit Awards.
August Evening follows an aging undocumented farm worker named Jaime and his young, widowed daughter-in-law, Lupe, as their lives are thrown into upheaval. Lupe is more of a daughter to Jaime than his own children, and the two try to stick together… but change is inevitable. At the heart of the story is the conflict between generations. Aging parents and grown children have difficulty expressing both their love and mutual disappointment in each other. A father recognizes the unstoppable force of time and must say goodbye to his daughter so she can start her own life.
The film is naturalistic in tone, featuring humming cicadas, ethereal music, chicken farms, meaningful glances, and rustling leaves. It includes subtle romance, gentle humor and heartbreaking tragedy, but it should not be depressing. Instead, we concentrate on the Japanese idea of "mono no aware," which is difficult to translate, but involves finding peace with life's imperfections. Heartwarming scenes highlight the bittersweet nature of life, finding resolution in the warmth of the characters, the beauty in sadness, and the universality of the human experience.