Eve's Bayou

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Released 1997

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Director:
Kasi Lemmons
Released:
1997
Rating:
R

Eve's Bayou is a dramatic film from 1997 that focuses on a young woman in a small town. Eve (Jurnee Smollett) belongs to the rich and well-respected Batiste family in Louisiana. As the daughter of Doctor Louis Batiste (Samuel L. Jackson), she has the world on a string and everything she could ever want. Eve's life only appears perfect on the outside, and her position involves overlooking the negative things around her. Her father cheats on her mother, and her mother, Roz (Lynn Whitfield), looks the other way because she has learned to stand by her man at all costs. The only person Eve can turn to is her aunt. Mozelle (Debbi Morgan) is a little wild and teaches Eve the lighter side of life. The film covers the course of one summer in Eve's life, as she learns how to handle the good with the bad and learns more about herself and her family.

Metacritic Score

  • 100

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    Lemmons' command of cinematic style, her appreciation of the chimerical aspects of life and her ability to inspire actors to give remarkably faceted portrayals mark Eve's Bayou a f...

  • 90

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Louisiana's delta country has never looked more darkly, lusciously sensual than it does in Eve's Bayou, a Southern gothic soap opera, written and directed by Kasi Lemmons, that tra...

  • 90

    Variety Emanuel Levy

    Anchored by a strong cast, including Samuel L. Jackson (also credited as a producer), Lynn Whitfield and Diahann Carroll, this talented debut by a black female writer-director is a...

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