I’ve traveled through many states in the South in my youth, so when it comes to vacation, there aren’t any places that I can think of that I would choose to visit.
However, there is one sure state that I would love to visit and perhaps live someday: Louisiana.
Watching the HBO series, True Blood has only intensified my romanticism of the Louisiana culture and increased my desire to visit the state. Yes, even if it is a show about brutal, blood sucking vampires.
But, the movie that started the fascination with Louisiana culture and cultivated a wish to retire to a swamp is Eve’s Bayou. It’s a cult film that stars Samuel L Jackson, Lynn Whitfield, and a young Jurnee Smollett. Here is the synopsis of the movie as given by IMDB:
The story is set in 1962 Louisiana. The big Batiste family is headed by charming doctor Louis. Though he is married to beautiful Roz, he has a weakness for attractive women patients. One day Louis is flirting with married and sexy Metty Mereaux, not knowing that he is observed by his youngest idealistic daughter Eve, who is there by accident. Eve can not forget the incident which is traumatic for her naivete and shares a secret with older sister Cisely. Lies start to roll.
The movie is moving, thought-provoking and stirring. I highly suggest running out and renting it at Blockbuster or Netflix it if you haven’t seen it already.
However, the fashion and style of the movie is also what always captivated me. The costume designer is Karyn Wagner, who has also served as costume designer for “The Notebook” and episodes of “Friday Night lights”. For Eve’s Bayou, I’d say she did a great job of capturing the style of an affluent family in rural Louisiana in the early 60’s.
Now, whenever I watch Eve’s Bayou, I’m always inspired to put on my Sunday best instead of throwing on a typical pair of jeans, T-shirt and flip flops. Instead, I feel like I want to put on a pair of pearls, a nice floppy hat and a pair of white gloves. Okay, maybe not the white gloves.
Photos from Amazon, IMDB
And you can also see the trailer: