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Eve's Bayou

Rated R 109 minutes 2014

Unlike most stories that allude to incest, this intriguingly fractured 1997 narrative acknowledges the complexity of the faddish topic. Samuel L. Jackson plays the roguish father of ten-year-old Eve (Jurnee Smollett), whose mother and aunt seem to tolerate his extramarital affairs. Subplots are woven stealthily into the story, taking the pressure off the central drama, allowing it to be affecting rather than melodramatic, and heightening the atmosphere of the lush Louisiana setting. Aunt Mozelle (Debbi Morgan), who's both clairvoyant and practical, is intimidated by the idea of fate and delivers some of the movie's edgiest dialogue when she worries that she may be cursed because the men she marries keep dying. Written and directed by Kasi Lemmons.

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