MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 979 this week

Eve's Bayou (1997)

 -  Drama  -  7 November 1997 (USA)
7.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.3/10 from 6,133 users   Metascore: 78/100
Reviews: 206 user | 46 critic | 21 from Metacritic.com

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... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 25 titles
created 17 Dec 2010
 
a list of 25 titles
created 28 Jan 2011
 
a list of 33 titles
created 28 Aug 2012
 
a list of 33 titles
created 07 Oct 2012
 
a list of 45 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Eve's Bayou" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Eve's Bayou (1997)

Eve's Bayou (1997) on IMDb 7.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Eve's Bayou.
10 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

On the hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, everyone's hate and bigotry smolders and builds until it explodes into violence.

Director: Spike Lee
Stars: Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee
Losing Isaiah (1995)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The natural and adoptive mothers of a young boy are involved in a bitter, controversial custody battle.

Director: Stephen Gyllenhaal
Stars: Jessica Lange, Halle Berry, David Strathairn
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The life and trials of a young African American woman.

Director: Steven Spielberg
Stars: Danny Glover, Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Will Hunting, a janitor at MIT, has a gift for mathematics but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life.

Director: Gus Van Sant
Stars: Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck
The Ice Storm (1997)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

1973, suburban Connecticut: middle class families experimenting with casual sex, drink, etc., find their lives out of control.

Director: Ang Lee
Stars: Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Sigourney Weaver
Big Night (1996)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A failing Italian restaurant run by two brothers gambles on one special night to try to save the business.

Directors: Campbell Scott, Stanley Tucci
Stars: Tony Shalhoub, Stanley Tucci, Marc Anthony
Sling Blade (1996)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Karl Childers, a simple man hospitalized since his childhood murder of his mother and her lover, is released to start a new life in a small town.

Director: Billy Bob Thornton
Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Dwight Yoakam, J.T. Walsh
All About Eve (1950)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

An ingenue insinuates herself in to the company of an established but aging stage actress and her circle of theater friends.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Stars: Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders
Philadelphia (1993)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

When a man with AIDS is fired by his law firm because of his condition, he hires a homophobic small time lawyer as the only willing advocate for a wrongful dismissal suit.

Director: Jonathan Demme
Stars: Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Roberta Maxwell
Boogie Nights (1997)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The story of a young man's adventures in the Californian pornography industry of the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Julianne Moore, Burt Reynolds
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

This film documents the effects of a tragic bus accident on the population of a small town.

Director: Atom Egoyan
Stars: Ian Holm, Sarah Polley, Caerthan Banks
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A single mother's life is thrown into turmoil after her struggling, rarely-seen younger brother returns to town.

Director: Kenneth Lonergan
Stars: Laura Linney, Matthew Broderick, Mark Ruffalo
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Eve Batiste (as Jurnee Smollett)
...
...
...
...
Jake Smollett ...
Ethel Ayler ...
Gran Mere
...
...
Julian Grayraven
...
Lenny Mereaux
...
Matty Mereaux
...
Harry
Afonda Colbert ...
Henrietta
Lola Dalferes ...
Lynette
...
Hosea
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

7 November 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Eve's Bayou  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£51,175 (UK) (14 August 1998)

Gross:

£133,596 (UK) (21 August 1998)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

|

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In the film Mozelle had previously had three husbands and was about to marry a new one. In real life Morgan has also had four husbands. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Elzora: Sometimes a soldier fall on his own sword...
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Baghead (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

A Child With The Blues
Written by Curtis Mayfield
Performed by Erykah Badu
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

Witchcraft and the modern Southern girl
6 December 1998 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

A bayou is the Southern U S term for an ox-bow lake, a stretch of stagnant water left behind by a river running through level countryside after it has made a short cut through one of its banks. The characters in this film have been left behind by history in the Bayou country of Louisiana. They are nice, middle-class creole folk going nowhere. Louis Baptiste (Samuel L Jackson) is the local doctor living in a fine frame house with his fragile ex-beauty queen wife and three children including the film's narrator, 10 year old Eve (Jurnee Smollett). Family legend has it that an earlier Baptiste, a French general in the Napoleonic era, had his life saved by a local black slave girl, the ancestral Eve. She married him and had 16 children, thus kick-starting local development. By the early 1960s, in which this movie is set, the Bayou is your archetypal Southern backwater. Louis didn't get that bit at medical school about not screwing your patients and in fact it seems to be an integral part of his practice. His sister Mozelle (Debbie Morgan) is also a therapist of a sort - having the gift (or curse) of second sight she finds lost relatives by exercising her psychic powers. Unfortunately she's hopeless as to her own affairs- her three husbands, all much loved, have all died prematurely.

At the start of the film Eve, in voice over mode, announces " The year I killed my father, I was 10." Then we switch to a party at the Baptise house where Eve discovers her Dad having it off with a patient in the carriage house. He laughs it off, but the seed of doubt is planted, and when there is an incident involving Louis and Eve's older sister Cisely (Meagan Good) the stage is set for tragedy. In fact the movie is not so much about murder as about guilt, the especially keen variety which afflicts someone who injures another he or she adores and is dependent on.

On the way, as the film moves through lush swampy scenery at an appropriately languid pace, we meet the rest of the Baptiste family and Diahann Carroll, enjoying herself as a downmarket sorceress. There's no sign of the racially conscious South - as far as race is concerned we might as well be in the highlands of Scotland. The whole film has a dreamlike quality (Brigadoon?). As Eve explains, her story is about the way memory is formed often as much by imagination as by what actually happened. I seem to remember they told us that in Psych 101 but it is rather more poetically put on this occasion.

The photography is gorgeous and the acting more than proficient. Jurnee Smollett in her first role stands out, but Debbie Morgan as Mozelle the psychic aunt produces a three dimensional character from a part which could easily have been done as caraciature. Samuel L Jackson fills the bill as the charming philanderer Louis.

The film is apparently the first from writer-director Kasi Lemmons, though Samuel L is credited as one of the producers and very likely had a say in the production. Maybe it wasn't such a great idea to introduce all the main characters in such a rush at the party in the opening sequence but it's all sorted out in the end. The brief black and white "psychic" sequences fit seamlessly into the rest of the film and somehow one doesn't stop to ask just how Mozelle does it.

At the end of the day, you wonder how a child of 10 could go through what Eve has gone through and not become a gibbering wreck. At the end, she sits on the edge of the Bayou with sister Cisely, contemplating a gorgeous sunset, apparently at peace with the world. Is the atmosphere so thick, so cloying, in the Bayou, that even murder and mayhem are quickly forgotten? It's a beautiful sensuous (and sensual) atmosphere though, and worth sampling.


24 of 27 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Problems with this movie imdanny21
Lackluster Black Support For Film IboChild
I am really confused about the ending... mikathachica22
My Teacher Showed this movie in class... canadian_ixiabloom
Sunbbed!! bbt8537
Cisely ... bonocat2
Discuss Eve's Bayou (1997) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?