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Eve’s Bayou (1997)

The secrets that hold us together can also tear us apart.

Summer heats up in rural Louisiana beside Eve’s Bayou as the Batiste family tries to survive the secrets they’ve kept and the betrayals they’ve endured.
Louis Batiste (Samuel L. Jackson), the local town doctor with a special bedside manner, is a loving father and philandering husband. His wife Roz (Lynn Whitfield) is forced to admit her family is falling apart when her younger daughter, Eve (Jurnee Smollett), witnesses one of her father’s infidelities. Struggling to make sense of what she has seen, Eve turns to her older sister Cisely, who dismisses her in fear of the truth, and then to her Aunt Mozelle (Debbi Morgan), a known psychic and rumored black widow. Unable to find the the understanding she is looking for, Eve decides to take matters into her own hands. As the heat rises so does the tension. For the Batiste family, the ties that bind may not be strong enough to keep them together, and what they learn will change their lives forever.
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Meagan as: Cisely Batiste
Other cast: Jurnee Smollet-Bell (Eve Batiste), Lynn Whitfield (Roz Batiste), Samuel L. Jackson (Louis Batiste), Debbi Morgan (Mozelle Batiste Delacroix).
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Directed by: Kasi Lemmons
Written by: Kasi Lemmons
Production Status: Available on DVD/Blu-Ray/Digital HD
World Premiere: November 7, 1997
Genre: Drama
Rated: R for sexuality and language
Distributor: Trimark Pictures
Run time: 109 minutes
Production budget: $6,000,000 (estimated)
Box office: $14,821,531
Producers: Caldecot Chubb, Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Amin, Nick Wechsler
Original music by: Terence Blanchard
Cinematography: Amy Vincent

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production notes

production process

trivia & facts

Filmed in one single take. The crew had to plan for months and choreograph the changing settings, chance encounters ect. As Qasim Basir put it during Sundance 2018, it was the hardest thing he has ever done. He cited the German movie “Victoria” with its single-take production as inspiration.

quotes from meagan

“I had to memorize the entire script! Most of the time, you memorize your stuff, four or five scenes for the next day and so on and so on… So to memorize all at once was a challenge. […] If you mess up one thing, we are starting all over again and belive me, we started all over again quite a few times! […] It was definitely a challenge but definitely an incredible fun experience and something I’m super excited about to be part of.”
On a “A Boy. A Girl. A Dream” being shot in a single take (Black Film)

quotes from cast & crew

“[On why he chose Meagan Good for the movie] She really championed my work early on. I’m a loyal person and I couldn’t thank her enough for believing in me early in my career and we’ve continued to work together.”
Datari Turner, Producer (Vibe.com)

“[On how he met Meagan Good] Meagan and Omari are dear, close personal friends of mine. […] Meagan is sort of like my producing partner. We’ve made five movies together. Her husband Devon is a childhood friend of mine, but Meagan was the first actress to believe in me when I was leaving the fashion industry and was making the transition to a producer.”
Datari Turner, Producer (Vibe.com)

critical reception

“Both [Meagan] Good and [Omari] Hardwick are attractive, charismatic performers who have no trouble bringing laser focus to a  demanding task. Though we may wish the structure allowed space to learn more about their characters, it’s to the actors’ credit that we’d be happy to do so — even to the extent of a follow-up feature.”
Dennis Harvey (Variety)

awards & nominations

☆ 2018 Sundance Film Festival for Best of Next!

★ = win ☆ = nomination | View entire list at IMDB

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