Eve's Bayou

Eve's Bayou

Director: Kasi Lemmons Cast: Jurnee Smollett, Meagan Good, Samuel L. Jackson
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Eve's Bayou

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/08/1998
UPC: 0031398643739
Original Release: 1997
Rating: R
Source: Vidmark / Trimark

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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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.