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Movie Review: 'Eve's Bayou'

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Eve's Bayou

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
performer:
Diahann Carroll, Meagan Good, Samuel L. Jackson, Kasi Lemmons, Debbi Morgan, Jurnee Smollett, Lynn Whitfield
director:
Kasi Lemmons
genre:
Drama, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it an A-

Kasi Lemmons’ fluid, feminine, African-American, Southern-gothic narrative covers a tremendous amount of emotional territory with the most graceful of steps. Young Jurnee Smollett plays 10-year-old Eve, struggling to understand the womanizing of her adored daddy (Samuel L. Jackson in easy, sexy command) and the passions of her big sister; Debbi Morgan, in a blazing performance, plays Eve’s vibrant aunt, infused with good-witch spiritual powers. The film’s dream-state visual elegance is matched by a great soundtrack. A-