Eve's Bayou

Eve's Bayou

4.6 5
Director: Kasi Lemmons

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

     
 

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A young girl learns some difficult lessons about truth, love, and fidelity in this critically-acclaimed Southern gothic drama. Eve Batiste (Jurnee Smollett) is a ten-year-old girl whose father Louis (Samuel L. Jackson) is a successful and well-liked doctor in an African-American community in Louisiana. Louis is a good father and an excellent provider, but he also has… See more details below

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A young girl learns some difficult lessons about truth, love, and fidelity in this critically-acclaimed Southern gothic drama. Eve Batiste (Jurnee Smollett) is a ten-year-old girl whose father Louis (Samuel L. Jackson) is a successful and well-liked doctor in an African-American community in Louisiana. Louis is a good father and an excellent provider, but he also has a way of attracting the ladies, and he's not inclined to turn them away. One night, the Batistes hold a party, and Eve, her older sister Cisely (Meagan Good), and their mother Roz (Lynn Whitfield) all notice that Louis is spending a great deal of time dancing with the same woman. Eve later spies her father and the woman in an embrace in the carriage house, though Louis unconvincingly claims that nothing untoward was happening. The evidence of Louis' infidelity takes a toll on the entire family: Cisely, who at age 14 is walking the middle-ground between being a girl and a woman, becomes sullen and confused about her new emotions, Roz takes out her frustrations on her loved ones, and Eve visits Elzora (Diahann Carroll), a voodoo priestess, looking for advice and possibly revenge. Meanwhile, Eve's Aunt Mozelle (Debbi Morgan), who claims to have psychic powers, arrives to stay with the family after the death of her third husband, though she isn't lonely for long after meeting the eccentric Julien Greyraven (Vondie Curtis-Hall). Eve's Bayou was the first project as writer-director for actress Kasi Lemmons; leading man Samuel L. Jackson also co-produced.

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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:
02/18/2003
UPC:
0031398822325
Original Release:
1997
Rating:
R
Source:
Lions Gate
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:59:00
Sales rank:
18,163

Special Features

Closed Caption; Director's cut ; New production commentary with the the writer/director, producer, and director of photography; New cast commentary by Samuel Jackson, Lynn Whitfield, the director and others!; Kasi Kemmons' short film "Dr. Hugo" - an illumination of "Eve's Bayou" with new commentary; 16x9 Widescreen; English and Spanish subtitles; 5.1 Dolby Digital

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 --
1. Main Credits
2. Champagne
3. Second Chance
4. Clandestine
5. Sober
6. Laughing
7. Premonition
8. Differences
9. Counseling
10. Eavesdropping
11. House Calls
12. Healer
13. Look to Your Children
14. Black Widow
15. Patients
16. Immature
17. Boredom
18. Maynard and Hosea
19. Bedtime
20. Greyraven
21. I Didn't Get Hit
22. The Storm
23. Celebration
24. Doctor Stuff
25. Zombie
26. An Oath
27. Anger
28. Apples
29. Pineapple Thief [3:10]
30. Pin Cushion
31. The Train
32. Dreams
33. Boundaries
34. The Sight
35. Descendants
36. End Credits

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