Eve's Bayou (1996)
Eve's Bayou (1996)
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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.
Audience Reviews for Eve's Bayou
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.
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.
Should have received more attention at the time of its release, we have a very good performance by Samuel L. Jackson here.
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