EW Staff
October 31, 1997 AT 05:00 AM EST

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.

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