Eve's Bayou

Eve's Bayou

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Director: Kasi Lemmons

Cast: Jurnee Smollett, Meagan Good, Samuel L. Jackson


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Trimark's DVD release of Eve's Bayou, the directorial debut of Kasi Lemmons starring Samuel L. Jackson, is a fantastic product. The main menu provides a plethora of selections. There is a commentary by Lemmons, producer Caldecot Chubb, the director of photography, and the film's editor. There is the original theatrical trailer as well as an evocative MCA soundtrack…  See more details below


Trimark's DVD release of Eve's Bayou, the directorial debut of Kasi Lemmons starring Samuel L. Jackson, is a fantastic product. The main menu provides a plethora of selections. There is a commentary by Lemmons, producer Caldecot Chubb, the director of photography, and the film's editor. There is the original theatrical trailer as well as an evocative MCA soundtrack presentation featuring artist Erika Badu. There is a short film by Lemmons, Dr. Hugo, with similar Southern settings as the feature, as well as the obligatory scene access and language/subtitle selections. The filmographies of Lemmons and the main players are thorough and informative. The widescreen image is beautiful, with a detailed dimensional quality to it. The deep colors of the South, with a predominance of shadows, are given a great treatment here. There is no evidence of blurred lines. The 5:1 Dolby Digital Sound is vital to the film, as the soundtrack plays a major role in creating the film's distinctive ambience. Trimark has done a fine job giving the audience an appreciation for all the elements needed to produce a film of this quality.

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Editorial Reviews

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Actress Kasi Lemmons made an impressive entrée into writing and directing features with Eve's Bayou, a rich portrait of middle-class African-American life in the 1960s South. Lemmons and cinematographer Amy Vincent render Louisiana's bayous with more than a dash of mysticism and ambiguity; telling the story through the eyes of a child adds an aura of uncertainty that only increases the film's dream-like quality. The formidable cast, including Samuel L. Jackson (who also co-produced), is uniformly excellent, detailing a complex world where good people sometimes do bad things. A particular bright spot among the more experienced actors is the precociously poised Jurnee Smollett as the young Eve Batiste; nearly every scene depends on her performance. For those who don't mind deliberate pacing, Eve's Bayou is a deeply atmospheric and beautifully shot movie.

Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jurnee Smollett Eve Batiste
Meagan Good Cisely Batiste
Samuel L. Jackson Louis Batiste
Lynn Whitfield Roz Batiste
Debbi Morgan Mozelle Batiste Delacroix
Jake Smollet Poe Batiste
Ethel Ayler Gran Mere
Diahann Carroll Elzora
Vondie Curtis-Hall Julian Grayraven
Lisa Nicole Carson Matty Mereaux
Roger Guenveur Smith Lenny Mereaux

Technical Credits
Kasi Lemmons Director,Screenwriter
Michael Bennett Executive Producer
Terence Blanchard Score Composer
Jaki Brown-Karman Casting
Cevin Cathell Co-producer
Caldecot "Cotty" Chubb Producer
James Alan Hensz Asst. Director
Jeffrey Howard Production Designer
Samuel L. Jackson Producer
Margaret Matheson Executive Producer
Robyn Mitchell Casting
Benjamin Patrick Sound/Sound Designer
Adele Plauche Art Director
Jay Polstein Co-producer
Joanne Schmidt Set Decoration/Design
Terilyn A. Shropshire Editor
Amy Vincent Cinematographer
Karyn Wagner Costumes/Costume Designer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Index
1. Main Credits [2:35]
2. Champagne [3:15]
3. The Dance [3:30]
4. Clandestine [1:59]
5. Sober [3:38]
6. Believing [2:50]
7. Premonition [2:45]
8. Differences [3:15]
9. Counseling [4:22]
10. Eavesdropping [1:55]
11. House Calls [2:46]
12. Healer [1:53]
13. Look To Your Children [2:32]
14. Black Widow [1:41]
15. Chicken [3:35]
16. Immature [1:29]
17. Boredom [4:09]
18. Maynard and Hosea [5:17]
19. Bedtime [:57]
20. Greyraven [3:14]
21. I Didn't Get Hit [3:35]
22. The Storm [2:19]
23. Celebration [2:09]
24. Doctor Stuff [2:42]
25. Change [1:53]
26. An Oath [4:40]
27. Anger [3:19]
28. Apples [2:50]
29. Pineapple Thief [2:55]
30. Pin Cushion [3:43]
31. The Train [4:31]
32. Dreams [3:45]
33. Boundaries [3:58]
34. The Sight [1:53]
35. Descendants [1:58]
36. End Credits [4:03]


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Eve's Bayou 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
escaperf More than 1 year ago
Eves Bayou takes you back in time, Samuel L. Jackson is a doctor in the bayou but he also has a taste for the ladies. During a party his youngest daughter Eve see's him with a women in their carriage house, Daddy however explains it was medical treatment he was giving the women. Eve becomes unsure and begins not to trust her Daddy, her Mother is holding a blind eye to her husbands affairs, his sister has the gift of seeing the future, but has the curse of her husbands all dying, she takes Eve under her wing, Eve slowly with her aunties help begins to trust daddy again until she starts to go on Doctors rounds in the bayou with him, her sister also has a strange relationship with her Daddy. Good story, keeps you wondering and on the edge of your seat. We watch again and again.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Eve's Bayou is a spectacular movie. The color and scenery is wonderful and the people are elegant and troubled. Even the character's names stir up visions of dark swamp water and sultry heat. The story is told and seen through the eyes of little Eve Batiste played by a wonderful young actress named Jurnee Smollett. Eve takes us deep into her world which is filled with colorful characters and complex personalities.Diahann Carroll is fabulous as the old fortune teller Elzora with her insane laughter. Debbi Morgan as Aunt Mozelle Batiste Delacroix is something to behold. Aunt Mozelle has promised her family that she will not use her ''second sight'' to tell fortunes, but neighbors won't let her keep her promise. They seek her out to find missing husbands anyway. Lynn Whitfied as the manor born wife is beautiful and poised as she tries to keep her family together in spite of her wandering husband (Samuel L. Jackson). Jackson is very sexy in this movie and his character has roving eyes as well as roving hands that don't stop even when he is caught in a compromising position by his youngest daughter, Eve. This starts a set of events that lead to the total destruction of an already deeply troubled family.Although this movie did not make history at the box office my guess is that it will become a cult classic. Years from now this movie will be viewed for what it is, a brilliantly produced film. You can literally feel the Louisiana heat from Eve's Bayou. Vannie(~.~)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was incredible! The cinemaphotography was lush and vividly depicted the surrealism of the Bayou. The talented cast created characters were that were believable and if you've ever been to New Orleans, you'll understand just how real the content is to those that live in that area. This has become my new favorite movie.