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Eve's Bayou (1997)

R  |   |  Drama  |  7 November 1997 (USA)
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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 »

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Eve Batiste (as Jurnee Smollett)
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Julian Grayraven
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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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Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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7 November 1997 (USA)  »

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Amores Divididos  »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£51,175 (UK) (14 August 1998)

Gross:

£133,596 (UK) (21 August 1998)
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Jurnee and Jake 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 »

Quotes

Eve: How do you kill someone with voodoo?
Mozelle Batiste Delacroix: Hmm, I almost forgot you was there. Stick some pins in a doll, perhaps. I really don't know. What made you ask that?
Eve: Nothing.
Mozelle Batiste Delacroix: Well, you must have been thinking something before you said it. What led you to that particular thought?
[Glances at Eve]
Eve: I don't know...
Mozelle Batiste Delacroix: [Expression becomes serious] Is there some you're angry with? Someone you want dead?
Eve: [pauses] I'm going inside.
[Turns to leave]
Mozelle Batiste Delacroix: [Stops Eve] No, I think you better tell me what's on your mind!
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Really, really good
12 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I had never heard of this film when my wife ordered it from NetFlix, and I keep wondering why. This is a terrific flick. Jurnee Smollett as Eve is truly excellent, and not just "good for a kid," or "good but annoyingly precocious," she is just plain good. The story is wonderful, and I love the fact that the race of the characters is hardly mentioned. It's a story about people, and it doesn't matter on what continent their ancestors originated. The cast is uniformly excellent, especially Samuel Jackson (one of the film industry's most versatile actors), and Debbi Morgan. Small parts portrayed by Branford Marsalis and Vondie Curtis Hall are very nicely done, and add color to the background of friends and relatives of the Batiste family. I enjoy the way the film shows us the world of psychic perception and Voodoo, and the degree to which belief in them can affect behavior. The location filming is wonderfully evocative of the steaming south, and the direction spot-on. I recommend this film.


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