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


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.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 November 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Amores Divididos  »

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Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,287,846 (USA) (7 November 1997)


$14,821,531 (USA) (6 March 1998)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Roger Ebert named this film as the best film of 1997, in his book "Awake in the Dark" (2006). See more »


Julian Grayraven walks out of a heavy rain storm onto Mozelle's porch. As Grayraven removes his hat when Mozelle opens the door, we see a tiny drop of rain fall from the hat. When we next see the hat, it's dripping rain profusely from a hatrack. See more »


[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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Another fantastic film that didn't get the recognition :-(
13 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I came across eve's bayou at the video store and decided to give it a shot. I am so glad I did. It is one of my favorite films. The story is outstanding and the acting has got to be some of best acting I have ever seen. Its a shame that there aren't enough quality roles for black actors because there are some fantastic black actors and actresses out there. I like to think I can recognize talent when I see it and the performances in this film were nothing short of top notch. I immediately went out a bought this movie after I had rented it because it was just that good. The voodoo/cajun/french/bayou vibe was cool and I think thats what attracted me to it to begin with when I rented it. Just wanted to share that with you folks and let you know that I would highly recommend this film.

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