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Eve's Bayou marks a striking feature debut for director Kasi Lemmons, layering terrific performances and Southern mysticism into a measured meditation on disillusionment and forgiveness. Read critic reviews

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Over the course of a long, hot Louisiana summer, a 10-year-old black girl, Eve Batiste (Jurnee Smollett), discovers that her family's affluent existence is merely a facade. The philandering of her suave doctor father, Louis (Samuel L. Jackson), creates a rift, throwing Eve's mother, Roz (Lynn Whitfield), and teenage sister, Cisely (Meagan Good), into emotional turmoil. Eve, though, manages to find some solace with her quirky psychic aunt, Mozelle (Debbi Morgan).

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  • Mar 08, 2018
    A lyrical meditation on childhood and memory. The film only gets better the more Lemmons shades the supporting characters , subplots, and supernatural elements .
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 18, 2013
    A young girl with a philandering father and a psychic aunt comes of age in a Louisiana bayou. Strictly in the tradition of Southern Gothic storytelling, this film falls all too often into cliche -- cliches that anyone familiar with the Southern Gothic genre know all too well. The atmosphere of the film, which most people liked, is created by the soft monologues and the panning scenic shots, but I found the monologues poorly written and detracting from the scene and the connective tissue of the film doesn't do much to advance the central story. Young Jurnee Smollett is quite good, capturing her character's childhood innocence, but her elocution betrays her inexperience, and Lynn Whitfield is responsible for making her monologues feel like departures rather than necessary elements of the story. Overall, this is a basic Southern Gothic film, and if you've seen them all, then you've seen this one.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Apr 13, 2010
    Kasi Lemmons masterpiece. Amy Vincent's cinematography is just down right beautiful and an all star cast proving real acting strength. It's not so much of the plot but the conflict within the characters. Particularly the young girl Eve Batiste played by Jurnee Smollett. The film really takes you along a journey where I didn't know what was to be expected but everything comes into place perfectly. It's a great film and highly recommended.
    Brian R Super Reviewer
  • Jan 04, 2010
    Should have received more attention at the time of its release, we have a very good performance by Samuel L. Jackson here.
    John B Super Reviewer

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