Eve's Bayou ★★★

The highest compliment I can give this film is that I was reminded of Renoir's The River throughout. It belongs to the same universe. The child's point of view, deeply felt and dramatized, is unable to reconcile with the very real, very adult tensions and emotions that are at play. Eve acts on what she thinks she knows, what she feels to be true, but everyone else is deeply confused, deeply unsure, and is unable to deal with this uncertainty. The final shot with the 2 girls, the events of the film meaning something different to both of them, are genuinely masterful. Perhaps there are moments that are too broad and maybe the score is unhelpful, but the vision is true and beautiful.