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Eve's Bayou (1997)

R | | Drama | 7 November 1997 (USA)
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After a daughter witnesses her father having an affair, she begins a chain reaction that could tear her family apart.

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Kasi Lemmons

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Kasi Lemmons
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jurnee Smollett-Bell ... Eve Batiste (as Jurnee Smollett)
Meagan Good ... Cisely Batiste
Lynn Whitfield ... Roz Batiste
Samuel L. Jackson ... Louis Batiste
Debbi Morgan ... Mozelle Batiste Delacroix
Jake Smollett Jake Smollett ... Poe Batiste
Ethel Ayler ... Gran Mere
Diahann Carroll ... Elzora
Vondie Curtis-Hall ... Julian Grayraven
Roger Guenveur Smith ... Lenny Mereaux
Lisa Nicole Carson ... Matty Mereaux
Branford Marsalis ... Harry
Afonda Colbert Afonda Colbert ... Henrietta
Lola Dalferes Lola Dalferes ... Lynette
Marcus Lyle Brown ... Hosea
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Storyline

The story is set in 1962 Louisiana. The Batiste family is headed by charming doctor Louis. Though he is married to beautiful Roz, he has a weakness for attractive female patients. One night Louis trysts with married and sexy Metty Mereaux, not knowing that he is observed by his youngest daughter Eve, who is there by accident. Eve can not forget the traumatic incident and shares a secret with older sister Cisely. Lies start to roll... Written by Anonymous

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The secrets that hold us together can also tear us apart.

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 November 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amores Divididos See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,287,846, 9 November 1997

Gross USA:

$14,842,388

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,842,388
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Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jurnee Smollett (Eve Batiste) and Jake Smollett Poe Batiste) are brother and sister in real-life. See more »

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The movie takes place in 1962, but, there is a 1964 Ford sedan in front of the house in the opening sequence. See more »

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[first lines]
Narrator: Memory is a selection of images, some elusive, others imprinted indelibly on the brain. The summer I killed my father I was 10 years old. My brother Poe was 9, and my sister Cisely has just turned 14.
Narrator: The town we lived in was named after a slave. It was said that when General John Paul Batiste was stricken with cholera, his life was saved by the powerful medicine of an African slave woman called Eve. In return for his life, he freed her, and gave her this piece of land by the Bayou...
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Rich family saga with an interesting twist
13 October 2006 | by prop03See all my reviews

This film is now showing on cable here in Australia, and is a far better than average offering.

Written and directed by Kasi Lemmons, the film is a powerful family drama set in the sixties in the south of the USA. It stars Samuel L Jackson as a small town doctor with a wandering eye. The story is told from the viewpoint of his middle child, Eve, wonderfully played by Jurnee Smollett, who sees her middle-class family life threatened by her father's infidelities.

No tale set in a bayou village could exist without references to black magic and voodoo, and this film also has them as a rather central part of the plot. But these elements are handled skilfully and believably, and heighten the tension that develops.

One of the interesting tools used by Lemmons is to tell and retell a story from different characters' perspectives, asking the viewer to determine which is more truthful, and indeed, whether the truth is paramount.

Jackson gives a sparkling performance as Dr Louis Batiste, a man of warmth and generosity who is well regarded by the local community that he serves. His family is seemingly a happy and close one, until the children begin to question some of the adult behaviour they witness.

Jurnee Smollett's Eve is the main protagonist around whom much of the story is centred, and she effortlessly moves back and forth between being a precocious brat and a young woman with powerful emotions. The rest of the cast is also very good, including a voluptuous Lisa Nicole Carson as the temptress Mattie Mereaux, and Diahann Carroll as a bayou witch.

This film moves along at a good pace and is a little more than you might expect.


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