Eve's Bayou

Eve's Bayou ★★★★★

“Memory is a selection of images, some elusive, others printed indelibly on the brain. The summer I killed my father, I was 10 years old“

With these opening lines, this film grabs hold of me and doesn’t let go until it fades to black
An absolutely gorgeous and rare portrait of black life in rural Louisiana with no interest in the conflicts being centered around their race
shit, there’s not even one white person in the entire film
I love that it captures the importance of folk magic within Creole life and the power of intergenerational beliefs/oral histories
rich colors, amazing cinematography, score, and costume design
Jurnee is radiant in her role of Eve
I’m finally seeing clearly her “loss of innocence”, picking up on plenty of biblical imagery I missed viewing when younger
there’s something very universal about realizing the mortality and tragedies of your parents, especially before you’ve learned/experienced the real world yourself
I really appreciate this being compared to the familial melodramas of Ingmar Bergman and Tennessee Williams
the character depth within the writing is made even more tangible by the strong performances of each and every actor
Mozelle is hands down the most melancholy and alluring character I’ve ever seen on screen
Lemmons made a very important observation on unreliable memory in the sense that as humans, we cling to our own personal recollections and our memory has the ability to be mercifully deceptive
the fact that this is a debut inspires me deeply
I watched this film at family gatherings as a young girl and it unquestionably fed my lingering fantasies of having siblings to run around reciting Shakespeare with
also along with being raised extremely superstitious, it left me daydreaming about this retired magic somewhere within my family tree that was somehow passed down to my intuitive ass

anyway this film is truly chilling and horribly underrated!!!

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