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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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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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Genres:

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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An Important Tale to Tell
30 December 2016 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

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.

I know nothing about Martinique, but imagine that what this film depicts is not all that far off from the world of Haiti, which is more familiar to me. The overall story seems the same: poor folks who must work the sugar cane fields to survive. Not quite slaves, but not all that much better off.

The film shows the way out as education, which is fair. But the only real way out is to leave. It is a story bigger than Martinique. We see it in the slums, we see it on Indian reservations. No amount of education can make a home more bearable if the home has little to offer. It's an awful conflict.


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