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Eve's Bayou (1997)

R | | Drama | 7 November 1997 (USA)
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After a daughter witnesses her father having an affair, she begins a chain reaction that could tear her family apart.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Eve Batiste (as Jurnee Smollett)
... Cisely Batiste
... Roz Batiste
... Louis Batiste
... Mozelle Batiste Delacroix
Jake Smollett ... Poe Batiste
Ethel Ayler ... Gran Mere
... Elzora
... Julian Grayraven
... Lenny Mereaux
... Matty Mereaux
... Harry
Afonda Colbert ... Henrietta
Lola Dalferes ... Lynette
... Hosea
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Storyline

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 USA:

$3,287,846, 9 November 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$14,821,531, 8 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 »

Goofs

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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Sit Down Sunshine
Written by Buddy Scott & Jimmy Radcliffe
Published by Universal Music Publishing
Performed by Jimmy Radcliffe
Licensed courtesy of Chris Radcliffe
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Really, really good
12 March 2005 | by 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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