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293 Ratings

Eve's Bayou

Directed by Kasi Lemmons
United States, 1997


Over the course of a long, hot Louisiana summer, 10-year-old Eve discovers that her family’s affluent existence is merely a facade. The philandering of her suave doctor father creates a rift, throwing Eve’s mother and teenage sister into emotional turmoil.

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Eve's Bayou Directed by Kasi Lemmons
The summer I killed my father I was ten years old, the narrator Eve Batiste says coolly. What follows is a Southern Gothic coming-of-age tale reminiscent of Tennessee Williams, but still quite unlike any film before or since… It remains a mesmerising, haunting film about memory, history and family.
September 07, 2015
Eve’s Bayou is an especially remarkable melodrama about memory and the coming of age of young black girls. Lemmons gives each of the girls depth and agency, but the film has more in store for women than just the coming of age narrative.
March 11, 2015
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An insanely ambitious debut, a period piece that dares to tackle such heady subjects as teenage sexual jealousy and filial rage — plus a soupçon of voodoo for good measure — and what’s most surprising about it is that it’s largely successful.
November 17, 1997
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