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Rue cases nègres (1983)

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. The overseer can fine a worker for ... See full summary »

Director:

Euzhan Palcy

Writers:

Euzhan Palcy, Joseph Zobel (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Garry Cadenat Garry Cadenat ... Jose
Darling Légitimus Darling Légitimus ... M'Man Tine
Douta Seck Douta Seck ... Medouze
Joby Bernabé Joby Bernabé ... Monsieur Saint-Louis
Francisco Charles Francisco Charles ... Le Gereur
Marie-Jo Descas Marie-Jo Descas ... La Mere de Leopold
Marie-Ange Farot Marie-Ange Farot ... Madame Saint Louis
Henri Melon Henri Melon ... L'instituteur - M. Roc
Eugène Mona Eugène Mona ... Douze Orteils
Joël Palcy Joël Palcy ... Carmen
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Serge Abattucci Serge Abattucci
Samuel Abraham Samuel Abraham ... Un enfant
Albert Adea Albert Adea
Jose Aloha Jose Aloha
Dominique Arfi Dominique Arfi
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Storyline

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. The overseer can fine a worker for the smallest infraction. The way to advance is to do well in school. José studies hard and succeeds in an exam allowing him to attend school in the capital. With only a partial scholarship, the tuition is very costly. José and his grandmother move to Fort-de-France to make José's studies easier... Written by David Carless

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Drama | History

Certificate:

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Official Sites:

Carlotta Films [France]

Country:

France | Martinique

Language:

French | Creole

Release Date:

21 September 1983 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Street of the Black Shacks See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Beautiful
7 December 2007 | by rawatenatorSee all my reviews

Few films capture the hope and desperation of a people. Even fewer can venture into the hearts and souls of their characters to reveal humanity. I have heard many stories, and seen many movies, but Sugar Cane Alley stands above many others, for it uses film as a canvas for emotions, realities, and dreams.

The actors in this movie glow. All of them from Jose to his grandmother to Medouze to the children of the plantation system. It is hard to picture these people in any other place: their voices, their actions, their feelings, the way they run, laugh, swim-it all seems to come naturally. It feels real and true.

The camera work furthers our understanding of the characters by juxtaposing the lush landscape of Martinque with the routine of plantation work. There will be times when the viewer will want to pause the film to look at a scene as one might view a painting, Sugar Cane Alley is a true motion picture. Every shot showcases perfectly balanced lighting and color.

Then there are social messages, messages that cannot be as well described as viewed, about justice, hope, opportunity, and determination.

I cannot rank a film I have seen higher than this one. It is simply a must-see.


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