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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.


            Kasi Lemmons


            Kasi Lemmons
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            Cast overview, first billed only:
            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 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 Afonda Colbert ... Henrietta
            Lola Dalferes Lola Dalferes ... Lynette
            Marcus Lyle Brown ... Hosea


            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

            Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


            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) See more »

            Also Known As:

            Amores Divididos See more »


            Box Office


            $6,000,000 (estimated)

            Opening Weekend USA:

            $3,287,846, 9 November 1997

            Gross USA:


            Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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            Technical Specs


            Sound Mix:

            Dolby Digital | SDDS



            Aspect Ratio:

            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 »


            The movie takes place in 1962, but, there is a 1964 Ford sedan in front of the house in the opening sequence. 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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            Mojo better blues
            16 April 2000 | by MuteMaeSee 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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