The story is set in 1962 Louisiana. The big Batiste family is headed by charming doctor Louis. Though he is married to beautiful Roz, he has a weakness for attractive women patients. One ... See full summary »
The story is set in 1962 Louisiana. The big Batiste family is headed by charming doctor Louis. Though he is married to beautiful Roz, he has a weakness for attractive women patients. One day Louis is flirting with married and sexy Metty Mereaux, not knowing that he is observed by his youngest idealistic daughter Eve, who is there by accident. Eve can not forget the incident which is traumatic for her naivete and shares a secret with older sister Cisely. Lies start to roll... Written by
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The Batiste family is happy to learn that the boy who got hit by a bus was not one of the Batiste children. When Mrs Batiste tells Eve to go upstairs and tell her sister, Cisely, that they can all go outside, a boom mic is visible at the top of the frame. See more »
[Poe screaming upstairs]
I hate her, I hate her! I wish she was dead!
Eve, what did you do to your brother?
Im going to push him out of a window if i dont get out of this house!
Cisely has been in the goddamn tub for an hour!
[Mozelle slaps her on the butt]
You know that. She stayed in there for three hours yesterday
Fortunately there is more than one bathroom in this house.
Ain't that much dirt in all Louisiana. Get out of the damn tub!
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This was a delightfully good movie. Set in the Louisiana bayou country in the 60's, it is a wonderful story of a well-to-do black family caught up in family tensions that drive the plot but never overpower the family's love for each other. Infidelity, an over-protective mother, the psychic aunt's tragic loss of loves and a delicious dose of voodoo all make this a good watch. The child actress, Jurnee Smollett as Eve, delivers a beautiful performance with talent far beyond her years. Debbie Morgan is terrific as the fortune-telling wise, but cursed-in -love Aunt Mozelle.
Lynn Whitfield and Samuel L. Jackson are also superb as the parents whose complex and troubled relationship's problems spill over onto the children, especially the two daughters, Eve and Cisely. Cisely sees herself as a buffer comforting her father and trying to protect him from her mother whom Cisely sees as a rival for her father's affections. Eve bounces around amidst the angst of being a middle child and the desire to understand the adults' world. This definitely a movie to see. It's a shame that jewels like this get overlooked in the usual Hollywood hype machine.
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