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The secrets that hold us together can also tear us apart.
After a daughter witnesses her father having an affair, she begins a chain reaction that could tear her family apart. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Jurnee Smollett-Bell ... Eve Batiste (as Jurnee Smollett)

Meagan Good ... Cisely Batiste

Lynn Whitfield ... Roz Batiste

Samuel L. Jackson ... Louis Batiste

Debbi Morgan ... Mozelle Batiste Delacroix
Jake Smollett ... Poe Batiste
Ethel Ayler ... Gran Mere

Diahann Carroll ... Elzora

Vondie Curtis-Hall ... Julian Grayraven

Roger Guenveur Smith ... Lenny Mereaux

Lisa Nicole Carson ... Matty Mereaux

Branford Marsalis ... Harry
Afonda Colbert ... Henrietta
Lola Dalferes ... Lynette

Marcus Lyle Brown ... Hosea
Alverta Perkins Dunigan ... Paige

Ron Flagge ... Vendor
Sharon K. London ... Hilary

Carol Sutton ... Madame Renard

Victoria Rowell ... Stevie Hobbs
Oneal A. Isaac ... Bus Driver
Julian Dalcour ... Bartender

Leonard L. Thomas ... Maynard

Allen Toussaint ... Proprietor
Billie Neal ... Ghost of Original Eve

Tamara Tunie ... Narrator (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Beaux Sedwick ... Wife (uncredited)
Greta Valenti ... Girl on Street (uncredited)

Directed by
Kasi Lemmons 
Writing credits
Kasi Lemmons (written by)

Produced by
Mark Amin .... executive producer
Michael Bennett .... co-executive producer
M. Cevin Cathell .... co-producer (as Cevin Cathell)
Caldecot Chubb .... producer
Samuel L. Jackson .... producer
Margaret Matheson .... co-executive producer
Jay Polstein .... co-producer
Bobby Rock .... associate producer
Eli Selden .... executive producer
Nick Wechsler .... executive producer
Cami Winikoff .... co-producer
Julie Yorn .... executive producer (as Julie Silverman Yorn)
Original Music by
Terence Blanchard 
Cinematography by
Amy Vincent 
Film Editing by
Terilyn A. Shropshire 
Casting by
Jaki Brown  (as Jaki Brown-Karman)
Robyn M. Mitchell 
Production Design by
Jeffrey Howard  (as Jeff Howard)
Art Direction by
Adele Plauche 
Set Decoration by
Joanne Schmidt 
Costume Design by
Karyn Wagner 
Makeup Department
Brian Badie .... assistant hair stylist
Joyce Bonck .... hair stylist
DeWanna Campbell .... hair stylist
Marietta Carter-Narcisse .... makeup supervisor
Lin Gathright .... additional makeup artist
Allison Gordin .... additional makeup artist
Stacy Kelly .... additional makeup artist
Lisa Lambert .... additional makeup artist
Cassi Mari .... additional makeup artist (as Casi Mari)
Pamela Roth .... key makeup artist
Donna Spahn .... hair stylist
Robert L. Stevenson .... supervising hair stylist (as Robert Louis Stevenson)
Victoria Wood .... wig maker: Samuel L. Jackson
Production Management
Edith Dupré LeBlanc .... unit production manager (as Edith Dupre LeBlanc)
Tim Myers .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Angi Bones .... second second assistant director (as Angelique Bones)
Cherie Graham .... second second assistant director
James Alan Hensz .... first assistant director
Edith Dupré LeBlanc .... assistant director: Louisiana
Donald Murphy .... additional second assistant director
James Roque .... second assistant director
Art Department
Gary Patrick Anderson .... property assistant (as Gary Anderson)
Matt Carrol .... storyboard artist
Arthur Desvignes .... carpenter
Phyllis Detrich .... property master
Vince LeBlanc .... set dresser (as Vince Le Blanc)
Chris Mabli .... on-set dresser
Jamie Maheu .... lead man (as Jamie C. Maheu)
Cheryl A. McDermott .... swing (as Cheryl McDermott)
Morgan Miller .... buyer
Cee Moravec .... property assistant
Michelle Nunez .... property assistant
Eric William Pierson .... set dresser
M.R. Seelig .... lead scenic
Larry Spahn .... swing
Debra Sugarman .... on-set dresser (as Debra Sugerman)
Patricia Vitrano .... painter
Robert Williamson .... painter
Sound Department
Brian Best .... sound effects editor (as Brian T. Best)
Beau Biggart .... adr mixer
Dan Carlisle .... second engineer
Ed Carr .... re-recording mixer (as Edward C. Carr III)
Patrick Cicero .... apprentice sound editor
Bradley Clouse .... first assistant sound editor
Patrick Cyccone Jr. .... dialogue recording mixer (as Patrick Cyccone)
William Dotson .... dialogue editor
Stuart Emanuel .... adr editor
Robert Fisher .... foley recordist (as Robert B. Fisher)
Frank Fleming .... sound recordist
Ricardo Francia .... assistant sound editor (as Ricardo A. Francia Jr.)
Alberto García .... sound effects editor (as Alberto Garcia)
Paul Hackner .... apprentice sound editor
Brian Harman .... loader
Robert L. Harman .... sound effects re-recording mixer (as Robert Harman)
Andrea Horta .... adr editor
Allen Hurd .... sound
Franklin Jones Jr. .... re-recording mixer
Dawn Kratofil .... assistant sound editor
Rudy J. Lara .... sound recordist
Albert Edmund Lord III .... foley editor
Dean Minnerly .... foley artist
Robert Muchnicki .... foley artist
Donald Murray .... sound recording engineer (as Don Murray)
Howard Neiman .... sound effects editor
Steve Nelson .... special design effects
Jay Nierenberg .... supervising sound editor
Benjamin Patrick .... sound mixer (as Benjamin A. Patrick)
Dennis Patterson .... re-recording mixer
Vic Radulich .... dialogue editor
Dennis Sager .... re-recording engineer
Jeff Sawyer .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Michael Simpson .... sound recordist
Cathie Speakman .... dialogue editor (as Catherine M. Speakman)
Roland N. Thai .... special design effects (as Roland Thai)
Dan Wesson .... boom operator
Steven D. Williams .... sound effects editor
Marshall Winn .... sound effects editor
Special Effects by
Christopher R. Brady .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Randy Algoe .... model builder: Boyington Studios
Edward C. Bartel II .... gaffer: Boyington Studios (as Ed Bartel II)
Camon A. Bowling .... grip: Boyington Studios
Paul Boyington .... visual effects supervisor: Boyington Studios
Jim Donzella .... BFPI administration: Boyington Studios
Rebecca Hammett .... scenic: Boyington Studios
Ronn Hill .... key grip: Boyington Studios
Anthony Mabin .... CGI animator
Bruce Manning .... effects director of photography: Boyington Studios
Paul McCarthy-Boyington .... production assistant craft services: Boyington Studios (as Paul McCarthy Boyington)
Andrew Midgley .... visual CGI effects coordinator
JoJo Myers Proud .... makeup: Boyington Studios
Elena J. Robinson .... digital effects coordinator (as Elena Robinson)
Joseph Thompson .... electric: Boyington Studios (as Joseph J. Thompson)
Nelson Willis .... production designer: Boyington Studios (as Nelson C. Willis)
Marvin Walters .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul D. Beard .... electrician
Tim Bourque .... electrician
Clint Buras .... best boy electric
Robert C. Campbell .... best boy grip
Henry Cline .... camera operator
Richard L. Cottrell .... key grip
Shiloh Eck .... best boy grip
William J. Eggleston .... special photographer
Jason Goodowens .... grip (as Jason K. Goodowens)
Chris Helcermanas-Benge .... still photographer
Lavelle Higgins .... grip
Lonnie Kahoe .... key grip: Louisiana second unit
Charles Landers .... camera department intern
James Mallory .... second assistant camera
Mike McLaughlin .... gaffer: Louisiana second unit (as Michael B. McLaughlin)
Sean Mennie .... camera loader
Philip C. Pfeiffer .... director of photography: second unit
Brian T. Pitts .... first assistant camera (as Brian Pitts)
John David Pope .... second assistant camera: Louisiana second unit
Christopher Prampin .... gaffer
Daniel Rector .... best boy grip: Louisiana second unit (as Daniel J. Rector)
Joseph Smith .... dolly grip
Robert Zuckerman .... key art photographer
Casting Department
Victor Davis .... casting: Louisiana
Susan D. Fowler .... casting coordinator
Barbara Harris .... voice casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lee Hunsaker .... set costumer
Kelly Knutzen .... assistant costumer
Heather Pain .... assistant costume designer
Patty Spinale .... costumer builder: Ms. Whitfield
Cynthia Tanner .... assistant costumer
Editorial Department
Theron Alford .... apprentice editor
Richard Jordan .... executive in charge of post-production
Diva Magpayo .... assistant editor
Mike Mertens .... color timer
Carl Pedregal .... first assistant editor
Jessica Picarski .... assistant editor
Andrew Seklir .... assistant editor
Judy Strazzera .... post-production editorial
Andrea Zondler .... assistant editor
Location Management
Rachelle Dickerson .... assistant location manager
Dana A. Hanby .... location manager (as Dana Hanby)
Stephanie Pecuch .... assistant location manager: preparation
Stephanie Pecuch .... location assistant (as Stephanie C. Pecuch)
Steven Weidenbacher .... location assistant
Music Department
Valerie Basnight .... special vocal effects
Troy Davis .... musician: drums
Tony Dimito .... additional music editor (as Tony DiMito)
Gary English .... executive music producer
Joel C. High .... music coordinator: Trimark
Lawrence Hill .... special vocal effects
Julie Glaze Houlihan .... music supervisor (as Julie Glaze)
Julianne Jordan .... director of music: Trimark (as Julianne Kelley)
Edward Simon .... musician: piano
Lori Slomka .... supervising music editor
Don Vappie .... musician: guitar
Reginald Veal .... musician: bass
Clara Williams .... special vocal effects
Malika Williams .... special vocal effects
Steven D. Williams .... special vocal effects
Paul F. Zubrod .... music contractor
Transportation Department
Barbara Arceneaux .... driver
Joanie Arceneaux .... driver
Jody Arceneaux .... driver
Larry Arceneaux .... transportation captain
Joe Benfiglio .... driver
Jim Brannon .... cook/driver
Phillip Cusimano .... driver
Robert L. Davis .... driver: honeywagon
Cheryl Drake .... cook/driver
Jamie Anderson Flynn .... driver
Troy Flynn .... transportation coordinator
William T. Flynn .... driver
William Gillespie .... wardrobe driver (as William L. Gillespie)
Marvin Gonzales .... driver
Alex Hebert .... driver
Timothy Shane Kropog .... driver
Joey Lafaye .... driver
Joel Morton .... driver: production van
Warren J. Trahan .... driver
Hank Winters .... driver
Freddie Wirstrom .... driver (as Freddy Robert Wirstrom)
Other crew
Donald Alexander .... assistant cook
Rose D. Arceneaux .... craft service assistant
Joel Timothy Bible .... set teacher (as Joel T. Bible)
Peter Block .... executive in charge of business affairs
Peter A. Block .... executive in charge of business affairs
Kathleen Boles .... production assistant
Katie Bowler .... production assistant
Brenda Brockhoeft .... set production assistant
Tessa Brophy .... assistant production coordinator
Gina T. Charbonnet .... production assistant
Cory Chew .... assistant: Caldecot Chubb
Stanley Bennett Clay .... adr voice artist
Candace Cole .... script revisionist
Trina Davis Cundieff .... electronic press kit (as Trina Davis)
Noel Dawkins .... script supervisor
Caroline Ducrocq .... technical advisor
Bruce David Eisen .... executive in charge of business affairs
Jon Eyez .... set production assistant (as Jon C. Thomas)
Hugh Folkerth .... assistant: Cevin Cathell
Anthony Michael Frederick .... stand-in
Jackie Graf .... assistant: Mark Amin
Kristen Graff .... production assistant
Brad 'Mo' Gremillion .... chef (as Brad Gremillion)
Elizabeth T. Guste .... assistant production accountant
Deborah Ann Henderson .... production coordinator: Trimark (as Deborah Henderson)
Jeff Hill .... unit publicist
Jeanne Ingraham .... craft service assistant
Jennifer Renee Johnson .... assistant: Lynn Whitfield
Alissa M. Kantrow .... production assistant (as Alissa Nicole Miller)
James E. Keegan .... executive in charge of finance
Tracy Keller .... production coordinator
Brian M. Kingman .... insurance
Stephanie Kremer High .... post-production accountant (as Stephanie Kremer)
Liz Landers .... craft service
Terri Lashley .... assistant production accountant
Christopher D.L. Lee .... production assistant
Peter Loop II .... production assistant
Darlene Caamano Loquet .... assistant: Jay Polstein
Mariama .... choreographer
William W. Messersmith III .... production attorney
Morgan Miles .... production accountant (as Morgan M. Miles)
Dan Ming .... production assistant
Susan Muir .... completion bond
Krueger G. Normand .... dialect advisor
Debra Redfearn .... first aid coordinator
Doran Reed .... assistant: Kasi Lemmons (as Doran 'The Man' Reed)
Adam Remington .... assistant chef
Kerry T. Roby .... assistant chef
Joe Russo .... production assistant
Marcia Rutledge .... insurance
Natasha Sanchez .... set production assistant
James H. Shade .... production assistant
Diana M. Smith .... craft assistant
Donna Solomon .... contractual auditor: Trimark
Irene Speiser .... production financing arranger: Silicon Valley Bank
Jackie Stanley .... entertainment coalition
Terry Stavoe .... production staff
Louis Therrien .... entertainment coalition
Leonard L. Thomas .... assistant: Samuel Jackson (as Leonard Thomas)
Alfred Chidi Uzomah .... production assistant
Victoria Vaus .... title designer: main titles
Meltem Vogler .... production controller: Trimark (as Meltem Demirer Vogler)
Charlyn Ware .... business affairs manager: Trimark
Kurt Woolner .... completion bond
Nicole Louise Wright .... production assistant (as Nicole Wright)
Frank Moshier .... special thanks
Paul F. Zubrod .... special thanks

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Rated R for sexuality and language
109 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Australia:M | Canada:14A | France:Tous publics | Iceland:L (original rating) | Iceland:12 (video rating) | Netherlands:12 | Singapore:PG13 | South Korea:15 | Spain:13 | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #35338)

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Jurnee and Jake are brother and sister in real life.See more »
Continuity: Eve puts 20 bucks she takes from her dad's wallet in her right pocket. In the marketplace where she pays Elzora, she takes the money out of her left pocket.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. Perhaps in gratitude, she bore him sixteen children. We are the descendants of Eve and John Paul Batiste. I was named for her.
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Who were the three men walking through the fog while Mozelle and Eve were talking on the porch?
How did each of Mozelle's husbands die?
When Eve goes to Elzora about her "voodoo doll," and is told that there isn't one, and that her father may already be dead, why does she panic, if she wanted her father dead in the first place?
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26 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Witchcraft and the modern Southern girl, 6 December 1998
Author: Philby-3 from Sydney, Australia

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.

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