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Sugar (2013)

A 20-year-old homeless girl is suffering from post traumatic stress syndrome on the streets of Hollywood and Venice beach.


Rotimi Rainwater
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Director: Sergio Rubini
Stars: Sergio Rubini, Nastassja Kinski, Ennio Fantastichini


Credited cast:
Shenae Grimes-Beech ... Sugar (as Shenae Grimes)
Marshall Allman ... Marshall
Austin Williams ... Ronnie
Will Peltz ... Free (as William Peltz)
Corbin Bleu ... Sketch
Wes Studi ... Bishop
Angus Macfadyen ... Uncle Gene
Nastassja Kinski ... Sister Nadia
Scottie Epstein Scottie Epstein ... Joey
Jessica Jade Andres ... Chrissy (as Jessica Andres)
Jonny Weston ... B-Wild
Mubarak Ra'oof Mubarak Ra'oof ... Mu
Eugene Harris Eugene Harris ... Star
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anne Arles ... Tourist
James Babson


Based on true events, Sugar is the story of a young girl with a troubled past trying to survive on the streets of Venice Beach. Sugar suffers from PTSD after losing her entire family in a horrific car crash. She survives with her group of outcast friends on the streets of Venice Beach trying to find their own place in the world. Like so many homeless youth, Sugar is running from the pain of her past and will do anything to escape it. However with the help of Bishop, her counselor in the youth shelter, she is able to reconnect with her uncle who has been searching for her. Sugar's new world starts to crumble when forced to confront the demons she's run from for the last two years. Sugar is an all too common story of a troubled youth learning how to stop hiding, and to start healing. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

6 April 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Menekülés See more »

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2.35 : 1
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The film is based on experiences the director, Rotimi Rainwater, had when he spent time on the street. See more »


Referenced in Lost in America (2019) See more »


Written by Cedric Bixler-Zavala (as Cedric Bixler), Tony Hajjar, Pablo Hinojos Gonzalez (as Paul Hinojos), Omar Rodriguez-Lopez (as Omar Rodriguez), Jim Ward
Performed by At the Drive-In
Courtesy of Fearless Records
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A great indie film that touches the heart
14 March 2017 | by svenjergensenSee all my reviews

I created an account just so I could review this film. I think this is one of the best low budget indie films I have ever seen. It really highlights a problem that most people want to turn a blind eye to. Furthermore it has many different characters that show the wide range of circumstances that lead to youth homelessness. This movie is one of those hidden gems that you stumble on, and it leaves you thinking for some time.

The story was very interesting. Most the time when I watch a movie with a "broken" character I find things to be really cliché, but Sugar is actually quite sympathetic. Her checkered past is slowly revealed and it really shows that the filmmakers didn't want to cram anything down your throat. A great performance by We Studi as well. He is a very believable social worker; not too pushy but still firm with the homeless kids.

Overall I think it is worth your time to check out this movie. Great plot, interesting characters, and does something I've never seen in a movie before.

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