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Eve’s Bayou (1997)Eve’s Bayou (1997)

Eve’s Bayou (1997)

A Southern Gothic classic that questions whether blood is thicker than water

Drama

best
THE VERY BEST

8.5

movie

United States of America

English, French, Haitian; Haitian Creole

Sunday

1997

Female director, Kasi Lemmons

Allen Toussaint, Branford Marsalis, Carol Sutton

109 min

Synopsis

Summer heats up in rural Louisiana beside Eve’s Bayou, 1962, as the Batiste family tries to survive the secrets they’ve kept and the betrayals they’ve endured.

Our Take

8.5
Jasmine Renaé

Eve’s Bayou is a Southern Gothic tale of spirituality, family, secrets, and the ties that bind them together. The story follows the awakening, both spiritual and emotional, of young Eve Baptiste. The middle sibling of the Baptiste family, 10-year-old Eve, navigates childhood while enduring the tumultuous relationship between her mother and father. 

What lurks beneath a seemingly ordinary marital conflict is an insidious betrayal that could tear her entire family apart. Eve’s Bayou should be considered one of the greatest Black American epics of the past 25 years. I adore this film because it is unflinchingly real – and honest about the sometimes rocky reality of familial bonds. 

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