Eve’s Bayou


(out of 5)

Stunning Southern Gothic atmosphere is the backbone of this lush family drama about a young girl () who grows up believing that she is responsible for the death of her father (). Director Kasi Lemmons (the actress who played Jodie Foster’s roommate in The Silence of the Lambs) recounts Smollett’s tale of jealousy, adultery and even a little voodoo witchcraft in a richly slow and deliberate fashion, carefully letting us into the lives of each of the characters and then turning the screws tight at the climax for maximum effect.  is stunning as the young girl’s mother, and  as her palm reading aunt steals the whole show. Lemmons has made a fine debut, an elegant and memorable film that serves all the talents involved extremely well.

Trimark Pictures, ChubbCo Film, Addis Wechsler Pictures

USA, 1997

Directed by

Screenplay by Kasi Lemmons

Cinematography by

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Film Festivals:  TIFF 1997


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