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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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Jake Smollett ...
Ethel Ayler ...
Gran Mere
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Julian Grayraven
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Lenny Mereaux
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Matty Mereaux
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Harry
Afonda Colbert ...
Henrietta
Lola Dalferes ...
Lynette
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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)  »

Also Known As:

Amores Divididos  »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$14,821,531 (USA) (6 March 1998)
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Roger Ebert named this film as the best film of 1997, in his book "Awake in the Dark" (2006). See more »

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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 »

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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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Referenced in Baghead (2008) See more »

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A Child With The Blues
Written by Curtis Mayfield
Performed by Erykah Badu
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Mojo better blues
16 April 2000 | by See all my reviews

The ghost of Tennessee Williams hover over "Eve's Bayou". The action takes place in a moss draped Louisiana backwater, and the family under observation (in their big gracious bayou house) is ripe with desires, disappointments, and the mysterious scent of sex as any in Mr. William's neighborhood. But the notable accomplishment of actress-writer Kasi Lemmons in her feature directorial debut is in creating a landscape quite beautiful and entirely her own - a fluid, feminine, African American, Southern gothic narrative that covers a tremendous amount of emotional territory with the lightest and most graceful of steps. The story belongs to young Eve Batiste. "The summer I killed my father, I was 10 years old," a grown up Eve announced in a provocative prologue voice over. But the drama unfolds (in an unspecified bygone era when well to do woman wore gorgeous dresses to parties in their own homes) is far more shape shifting than such an audience grabbing statement can convey. Eve's father, Louis, is a suave, popular doctor and gentle family man who's also a womanizer - a flaw that bedevils Eve's graceful mother and especially torments Eve's older sister, Cisely, who adores her daddy more than she should. Eve, meanwhile worships her big sister. And in reaching out to support Cisely in a primal sexual struggle neither girl understand, Eve turns first to her father's sister Aunt Mozelle a vibrant, enigmatic woman infused with good-witch spiritual powers, and then to Elzora a voodoo priestess with potent bad witch abilities. Lemmons thus lays out big themes - the little seductions of fathers and daughters - the thick bond between sisters - the power of dark and light intentions in the material world. But she covers any traces of "heaviness" with shimmering, dream state visual elegance. And she makes up for any rough spots from the movie's younger actors with with a lovely score, and a great soundtrack of classic jazz and blues.


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