Eve Bayou

758 WordsFeb 19, 20104 Pages
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 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…show more content…
Some might say that Louis's womanizing ways just caught up to him and caused his death. Personally I believe this was the real reason that makes Eve as a killer, because it was her who made the husband of a woman with whom her father had an affair to think that he was being betrayed by his wife. In addition to the story, despite the death of Louis Batiste, perhaps as a result of Eve’s plotting, the film comes to a strange sort of happy ending. Eve learns to live with what she has done. Cisely recovers from her depression. Even Mozelle gets another husband, though whether he falls victim to the curse we never know. Although Eve’s Bayou takes place in the context of a social milieu i.e. every character is the product of a heritage of interplay between blacks and whites, it is not a film that engages racial issues. Rather it works in the individual realms of the individual characters. Those aspects of their lives that might have racial significance interest in voodoo, dialect, varied skin tones are mainly incidental. However for Eve, even as an adult, all she can remember is this: "The summer I killed my father, I was 10 years

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