Eve's Bayou

Eve's Bayou ★★★★★

Femtober 2020 Day 28

I was always on the fence about including this as a Halloween watch; whether Eve's Bayou can really be considered a horror is still up to interpretation, but it's still most certainly a ghost story. Much of Eve's Bayou plays out like a stageplay; a large portion of it is set indoors in a singular location, there are sweeping monologues and carefully choreographed dreams and fantasies. But certain characteristics truly make it stand out as a film. The performances are rooted somewhat in that same theatrical cadence, but the subtlety of expressions and closeups in moments of quiet contemplation are captured beautifully. There's a wonderful American melodrama quality to it; it's still a wholly black film, but one that serves its purpose in only being the story it sets out to tell, and not a story that qualifies its blackness or dampens it. Though it takes place in the early 60s, and was released in the 90s, and has a timelessness to it that can be viewed easily in the 2020s, there's an Old Hollywood vibe to it, on top of a realness enriched by real locations and real sound design. Again, not in so much a horror way, but it's a truly visceral experience. And overall, simply a perfect film.