Eve's Bayou

Eve's Bayou ★★★★½

A powerhouse! An experience. Full of experience of the feminine that's imbued with magic, never patronised or designed for the male gaze. An Aunty I recognise. The film runs like the best plays by Hank Williams or Arthur Miller except it has nothing to do with white ppl and is all about the black women experience. It's beautiful and painful and I just lived in this bayou the whole film and didn't want to leave. 

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Now how do I feel about the contested scene between Cicely and her daddy? I saw it coming a mile away with growing horror. The mother saw it coming. I feel as if we are compelled to forgive him or give him leeway and it's impossible because he's a man and he did not see it coming because his privilege patriarchy blinds him and I don't let that kind of thing slide any more. After all, who was the one who was traumatised and mentally damaged by this but Cicely?