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Eve's Bayou

By Lynnette Nicholas, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

'90s African American family drama has violence, language.

Movie R 1997 109 minutes
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This movie masterfully weaves together a tapestry that transparently depicts the burdens of young Black girlhood, the legacy of 'blood memory' and spiritual generational inheritances. Set in Louisiana, a geographical location that's laced with unspoken histories buried in the very soil, Eve's Bayou symbolically highlights the bridge that links the past and the present. The women in Eve's Bayou have supernatural gifts, and the narrator speaks of her African ancestor Eve.

Eve's Bayou provides powerful visual imagery for the esoteric, supernatural, and religious themes present within the film. Topics such as the importance of oral history, family historians inheriting the gift of "sight," and the jelimuso, a West African term for the memory of the people, are denoted within the film. However, the notion remains that memory can also be unreliable. As the opening and ending quote of the film states, "Memory is a selection of images, some elusive, others printed indelibly on the brain." This is a beautiful film that remains culturally, historically, and aesthetically relevant.

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