15
1hr 44mins

In this Southern Gothic tale of unreliable memory and restless spirits, a young girl from an American-Creole town begins to question the foundations of her family after a shocking discovery.

This film screens as a part of our season Set it Off: A Tribute to Black Genre Cinema, click here to learn more.

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Black Genre Cinema
Kasi Lemmons
15
Drama
English & French

A young girl begins to question the foundations of her family after a shocking discovery in Eve’s Bayou, the mysterious, evocative debut feature by actor-director Kasi Lemmons (Harriet).

When ten-year-old Eve Batiste (Jurnee Smollett) catches her father (Samuel L. Jackson) cheating on her mother, her family’s façade of wealthy respectability begins to fall prey to festering secrets and distrust.

As his behaviour escalates, Eve turns to the Creole spirituality of her troubled Aunt Mozelle (Debbi Morgan) for solace, setting in motion a chain of events that will upend their lives, and begin to call reality itself into question.

Also featuring memorable performances by Lynn Whitfield and Diahann Carroll, the quietly growing reputation of Eve’s Bayou over the past two decades speaks to this being one of the most potent, otherworldly of debuts.

Conjuring its 1960s Louisiana setting with a haunting air of folk mysticism, Lemmon’s sensitive evocation of trauma, alive to the ghostly uncertainty of memory as Eve recalls the film’s events later in life, make this a spellbinding, uniquely magical slice of Southern Gothic.

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