Memory is a selection of images, some elusive, others printed indelibly on the brain. The summer I killed my father, I was ten years old. My brother, Poe, was ten and my sister, Cisely had just turned fourteen." At its heart, Eve's Bayou is about memory and how it influences our perception of events of the past and our future actions. Eve’s Bayou is a gothic African American melodrama set in the bayous of Louisiana. Most of the characters are of a racially mixed heritage, though they live as African Americans. This film has too many subjects and themes. It is about a marriage in crisis, folk magic and supernatural beliefs, story for two young sisters, a rivalry between a brother and sister, adultery, possible incest, jealousy, guilt, and murdered. The film is at its best when it focuses on the children and their perceptions of the adult world. Eve’s Bayou is story from the viewpoint of Eve, the younger daughter, who has some of the same conjuring instincts as her aunt. She is a mischievous child who plays tricks on her siblings and who plays a more serious and ominous trick later in the film. She literally envisions the world through her own eyes as well as through the eyes of the adults. In her mind the conflicting worlds of fantasy and reality, of magic and medicine, reality and imagination, comes together in confusion and conflict. When Mozelle tells her stories, Eve imagines them so vividly that the characters of the story seem to act out events before her. Apparently in Eve’s Bayou the real concern is with how...
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