Eve's Bayou (1996)
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A young girl learns some difficult lessons about truth, love, and fidelity in this critically-acclaimed Southern gothic drama. Eve Batiste (Jurnee Smollett) is a ten-year-old girl whose father Louis (Samuel L. Jackson) is a successful and well-liked doctor in an African-American community in Louisiana. Louis is a good father and an excellent provider, but he also has a way of attracting the ladies, and he's not inclined to turn them away. One night, the Batistes hold a party, and Eve, her older
Jun 1, 1996 Wide
Feb 27, 2001
Lions Gate Films
Samuel L. Jackson
Mozelle Batiste Dela...
Lisa Nicole Carson
Roger Guenveur Smith
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Subplots are woven stealthily into the story, taking the pressure off the central drama, allowing it to be affecting rather than melodramatic, and heightening the atmosphere of the lush Louisiana setting.
An intensely emotional drama that mixes elements of Southern Gothic with the kinds of characters and tensions that prevail in the plays of Southern writers like Tennessee Williams.
Writer/director Kasi Lemmons shows sweet judgment here, doesn't caricature or demonise the errant father, and elicits a host of nuanced performances from women of all ages.
A gothic and, for better or worse, poetic memoir about a young girl and her family of Creole aristocrats.
In Eve's Bayou, Tennessee goes to Louisiana, and finds a familiar home. Tennessee Williams, that is.
More than anything, about the nature of memory and how it rarely matches the truth of life.
The film is given an almost dream-like quality by Vincent who washes everything in a sepia-type tone that adds to the effect of seeing an adult world of deceit and hurt through the eyes of a child.
Lemmons' focus on strong female characters, and her willingness to ignore accepted notions of "black filmmaking" are powerful assets, but one can't help wishing the film as a whole lived up to its initial promise.
It feels like I've seen dozens of films this year by first time writers and directors, and not one has stuck to me until now.
A solid, if somewhat heavy-handed, Southern Gothic tale, steeped in mysticism.
Easily one of the best films of the year, and ironically, it was better than all of the Best Picture nominees.
The melodramatic mysticism is as thick as the bayou moss, but Eve's Bayou manages to maintain a magical narrative about Louisiana southern backwater living that is intoxicating and engaging.
The dark complexities of this family's story are intriguing, although the plot seems to meander a bit at times; it seems a long time before the film gets to the point. But all the characters are very real and well-defined, especially Eve's.
Through the film, the visuals are also enhanced by the wonderful score, which echoes jazz and cajun music. In the end, this might not be the year's best film, but it's still a wonderful film.
The first line hooks you and the rest of the film reels you in.
Pulled me in from the word go.
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