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Euzhan Palcy (writer)
Joseph Zobel (novel)
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21 September 1983 (France) See more »
Martinique, in the early 1930s. Young José and his grandmother live in a small village. Nearly everyone works cutting cane and barely earning a living... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Euzhan Palcy 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Euzhan Palcy  writer
Joseph Zobel  novel

Produced by
Michel Loulergue .... delegate producer
Jean-Luc Ormières .... executive producer
Alix Régis .... delegate producer
Original Music by
Groupe Malavoi 
Cinematography by
Dominique Chapuis 
Film Editing by
Marie-Josèphe Yoyotte 
Production Design by
Hoang Thanh At 
Costume Design by
Isabelle Filleul 
Makeup Department
Marie-France Vassel .... makeup artist
Production Management
Christine Renaud .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fred Runel .... assistant director
Sound Department
Pierre Befve .... sound
Yves Osmu .... sound
François Nadal .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Arthur Cloquet .... first assistant camera
Other crew
Marie-Christine Malbert .... publicist

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Also Known As:
"Rue cases nègres" - France (original title)
"Street of the Black Shacks" - USA (literal English title)
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103 min
Color (Fujicolor)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Hope and nostalgia, 15 February 2001
Author: a-cinema-history from Europe

A wonderful depiction of the life of a young black boy in the Martinique in the '30s. The film gives an impressionist view of life in the French colony and of the uneasy coexistence between the two worlds of the descendants of slaves, kept in a de facto economic slavery, and of the békés (whites). The fact that a lot of issues are just suggested and not described at length makes the movie even more interesting. One could argue that the general story may be too optimistic and that the direction of children groups is not perfect. I found that this adds to the charm of the movie. The too main characters, the young boy (Garry Cadenat) and his grandmother (Darling Legitimus), are wonderful. One of the most moving film I have seen in a long time. Note that one the characters in the movie longs to become an actor in Hollywood, while the director Euzhan Palcy eventually went herself to Hollywood to direct with success inter alia A dry white season.

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