28 Days of Black Cinema: Day 18
Eve's Bayou (1997)
Starring: Jurnee Smollett, Samuel L. Jackson, Lynne Whitfield, Meagan Good, Debbi Morgan
Directed by Kasi Lemmons
Written by Kasi Lemmons
"Life is filled with goodbyes, Eve, a million goodbyes, and it hurts every time. Sometimes, I feel like I've lost so much, I have to find new things to lose." - Mozelle
This movie is like a beautifully tragic poem. It gives the impression of being a horror film, with all of the Southern Gothic themes, but I wouldn't call it horror, in the traditional sense. It's more about the horrors in family secrets, perception of our memories and childhood.
The story is told over a summer where the children's mom is starting to realize it's becoming more and more difficult to protect her babies. It's a coming of age tail, where little Eve learns what it means to stay in a child's place.