• Eve's Bayou (1997)

Eve's Bayou

Release Date: 1997

DVD Release Date: March 25th, 1998

R |1 hr 49 min

Plot Summary

Over the course of a long, hot Louisiana summer, a 10-year-old black girl, Eve Batiste (Jurnee Smollett), discovers that her family's affluent existence is merely a facade. The philandering of her suave doctor father, Louis (Samuel L. Jackson), creates a rift, throwing Eve's mother, Roz (Lynn Whitfield), and teenage sister, Cisely (Meagan Good), into emotional turmoil. Eve, though, manages to find some solace with her quirky psychic aunt, Mozelle (Debbi Morgan).

Cast: Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Meagan Good, Samuel L. Jackson, Lynn Whitfield, Debbi Morgan, Jake Smollett, Ethel Ayler, Diahann Carroll

Director: Kasi Lemmons

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Trimark Pictures

Keywords: 1960s, Brooding, Deception, Doctor, Melodramatic, Family, Growing up, Mother, Sister

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Mike ClarkUSA Today

    Indeed, Eve's milieu is fresh and specific enough to make even Jackson subordinate to Kasi Lemmons, the writer (and sometimes actress) who dreamed up this story for her directorial debut. [07Nov1997 Pg08.D]

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    All of these moments unfold in a film of astonishing maturity and confidence; Eve's Bayou, one of the very best films of the year, is the debut of its writer and director, Kasi Lemmons. show more

  • 75
    Barbara ShulgasserSan Francisco Examiner

    You find yourself absorbed in simply looking at them to the extent that it's hard to hear what they're saying. It's a nice dilemma for a movie to present. show more

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