Eve's Bayou

7.31 h 48 min1997R
In 1960s Louisiana a charming physician seems to have it all, but risks everything by indulging in his weakness for attractive women. Exposed by his youngest daughter, can he mend his broken family before it's too late?
Kasi Lemmons
Samuel L. JacksonLynn WhitfieldDebbi Morgan
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Vondie Curtis-HallBranford MarsalisLisa Nicole CarsonJake SmollettDiahann CarrollEthel AylerRoger Guenveur SmithAfonda Colbert
Caldecot ChubbSamuel L. Jackson
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on July 11, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Memories can be decieving especially in a family full of problems
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Eve’s Bayou follows the experiences of the little girl Eve (Jurnee Smollett) and her family in Louisiana. Her dad Dr. Louis Batiste (Sanuel L. Jackson) is a successful doctor. He has a beautiful wife in Roz (Lynn Whitfield). Her aunt Mozelle (Debbi Morgan) is a psychic. On the surface everything seems well but they are plagued by underlying problems. The story is about how those events are remembered and interpreted.

At the start of the film Eve sees her father Dr. Batiste cheating with a woman at a party. Eve’s older sister Cisely (Meagen Good) tells her she misinterpreted what she saw. This turns out to be the theme of the film. How the family thinks about their dad and his actions are seen and remembered in different ways and lead to various reactions. Some don’t like him but accept him. Some love him despite his faults. Some get angry and think he should pay. Eve has to decide how she will see her father.

The movie is set in Louisiana and plays on the Creole tradition there. There’s a smattering of French in their conversations for instance, spiritualists and voodoo. It presents a slice of African American life away from the usual urban setting.
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Book LoverReviewed in the United States on November 3, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fantastic - classic film
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An old one but a good one. If you have never seen this, I highly recommend it. Pop your corn, call your friends over and enjoy. This is a great classic -- acting, writing and the visual presentation all superb. It's one of those movies I could watch over and over (not in a row but over the years). :-)
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Khristine JacksonReviewed in the United States on November 14, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Give us..... more E.Bayou ?!
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Well all I can say is that this "little" movie is spot on .. When it came out during the 1990's in the year of 1997 , I never had a chance to see it in the theater. Samuel L. Jackson is an phenomenal actor..hands down ! His range from comedy,drama and even his tweet's are endearing to his online follower's. He also assisted in the production of this film.. The director I had never heard of her before, Kasi Lemmons ..and the supporting cast all did a wonderful job as well. Lynn Whitfield some years earlier I had seen her in "The Josephine Baker story" on H#O. Debbie Morgan what an actress..she has been on the screen since the 1970's.. and even was married to actor Charles S. Dutton briefly. The late Diahann Carroll did a wicked job as playing a "voo-doo" priestess... she sadly passed away from Breast cancer on October 4,2019 at the age of 84 years old. I would consider her the original "Beyonce Knowles-Carter" of her generation ... The locations of this movie were filmed in the towns of Covington,Madisonville and Napoleonville,Louisiana . The main topic in this film..that the director was trying to dance around and not to offend people of color was... incest.! I hope that they do a follow up to this movie ..with some of the original character's from the 1990's film..? The only way is to get a petition going..Or approach the director herself..?
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Paul HaspelReviewed in the United States on March 29, 2010
5.0 out of 5 stars
Powerful and Resonant Southern Gothic
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"Eve's Bayou" is a modern masterpiece of Southern Gothic. Writer/director Kasi Lemmons weaves an intricate story of love, death, and coming of age in the bayous of Louisiana. As the film begins, Eve Batiste (played by Jurnee Smollett) is one of the three children of Louis Batiste (played by Samuel L. Jackson) and Roz Batiste (played by Lynn Whitfield). Louis, as the town doctor, is a man of wealth and status in the rural African-American community of Eve's Bayou; but he has a weakness for the many women who are drawn to him, and Roz tries to pretend not to know. Eve's older sister Cicely (played by Meagan Good), a girl on the threshold of womanhood, seems particularly torn by the disintegration of the Batiste family. Eve's Bayou is also a community where vodoun plays a daily role in the lives of the people; Roz's sister Mozelle (played by Debbi Morgan) is a practitioner of the art, who has lost three husbands and fears she may be cursed, a "black widow." Also crucial to the vodoun elements of the story is Elzora (played by Diahann Carroll), an old woman of the community who has a reputation as a "witch." Eve becomes aware of her father's infidelities, grows angry over one particularly horrible accusation, and unleashes a chain of events that ends in tragedy; and right up until the end of the film, one is never altogether sure of what really happened. I particularly liked how the shift from color to black-and-white in crucial scenes signalled the movement from the normal everyday world we all share to an alternate world that links memory and precognition. Haunting, disturbing, and beautifully filmed, "Eve's Bayou" demands and rewards multiple viewings.
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Willie BrownReviewed in the United States on January 15, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great Movie
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Eve's Bayou is an excellent drama chronicling the complex lives of a southern African American family rich in history, status, and money in the early sixties. A philandering husband, a beautiful long suffering wife, a favorite aunt who can "see" things, a lie and two budding young daughters caught in the middle. This is a hauntingly beautiful story about the lives of a family and how each member hides and lives with their secrets. The plot of the movie involves a father who is a slave to his passions, a mother who chooses to stay and protect the family name as seen through the eyes of pre-teen Eve Batist, who tries to make sense of it all. The movie is beautiful with sultry scenes of lazy days in southern Louisiana and life along the bayou. This is a movie definitely worth buying to add to your personal DVD library.
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The Fancy OneReviewed in the United States on August 22, 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars
Hauntingly beautiful....
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It's too bad that this movie did not get the recognition that it deserved when it came out in 1997. Kasi Lemmons' amazing directorial debut "Eve's Bayou" is a haunting and captivating tale of a upper middle-class black creole Louisiana family in the early 1960s who has a lot of baggage. In this family is a smart, 10 year old girl named Eve who has "the gift of sight". The bayou is the perfect setting for this story that deals with infidelity, family secrets, the mysteries of voodoo, magical curses and tragedy.

This Southern family has issues, without a doubt: the father, who is the town doctor, continuously cheats on his wife; the mother - beautiful and classy, protective of her children but distant, knows her husband is unfaithful but is in denial about it; Eve herself has witnessed her father being unfaithful to her mother and is forever haunted by the images that she has seen; the aunt, a widow several times over, who is also psychic like her niece, is hesitant to fall in love with a mysterious stranger that passes through because she is certain that he will meet the same fate as her former husbands; Eve's older sister who adores her father, but something happens that destroys her trust in him....and this is what triggers a cataclysmic chain of events.

The cast is superb - with Samuel L. Jackson, Lynn Whitfield, Debbi Morgan (who is EXCELLENT - this is her best role yet) and Diahann Carroll in a less than glamourous role as the town voodoo priestess - but Jurnee Smollett as Eve is the one who really steals this film. Meagan Good, who plays Eve's older sibling, is also very good and effective in her role as Cisely. I've seen this movie on cable many times over the years, but I still felt like I had to own it on DVD. I wish I could give it ten stars, I love it that much. Buy this, you will not be sorry!
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Raider JackReviewed in the United States on March 8, 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars
Destined To Become A Classic!!!!!
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Having been a TOTAL fan of Lynn Whitfield and Debbi Morgan for YEARS, I KNEW I would be in for a treat. This overlooked film is indeed a wonder and in time will place among one of the finest movies ever made. It is multi-layered and deals with some extremely sensitive issues all the while painting a beatuful tapestry of African-American life in the Louisianna bayou. For those of you who have not seen it, it deals with the awakening of a father and his daughters one summer and the emotions that accompany this learning. The young Eve is brilliantly played by Smollett and Debbi Morgan gives a knockout performance that you crave to see over and over again. Diahann Carroll works you because her character is not at all glamorous but pivotal to the plot as Eve comes to realize the responsibility of her "gift" and learns the truth of the age-old adage, "Be careful what you wish for, for you just might get it." Samuel L. Jackson is wonderful as usual and perfectly cast. While his character is not necessarily sympathetic, he is totally understandable and for a little girl who worships her father he is perfectly cast. While some aspects of the father-daughter relationship may be somehwat uncomfortable, the director does a beautiful job bringing the complexity of these issues to the screen and I heartily applaud her. This is one that belongs in any movie collection and one where African-American life is celebrated and treated with the utmost respect and honesty. Hats off to a wonderful production!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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W. Harrison BeistyReviewed in the United States on June 14, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Amazing Film
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I decided to see this after the many years that have passed since I saw it-when it was originally released. It still holds up so well. The stellar cast, beautiful cinematography. skilled director and a story that is unexpected, immediate and timeless. It's a "must-see" and truly worth watching.
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