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Hoe duur was de suiker (2013)

The Price Of Sugar tells the alternately gripping, romantic and heart-wrenching story of Sarith and Mini-Mini as they grow up on the sugar plantations of Suriname in the latter half of the ... See full summary »


Jean van de Velde


Cynthia McLeod (novel), Jean van de Velde (screenplay)
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Credited cast:
Gaite Jansen ... Sarith
Neil Sandilands ... Reinder Almersma
Yootha Wong-Loi-Sing ... Mini-Mini
Jaap Spijkers Jaap Spijkers
Benja Bruijning ... Nathan
Werner Kolf
Kees Boot ... Julius Robles Medina
Anna Raadsveld Anna Raadsveld ... Elza
Yannick van de Velde Yannick van de Velde
Daniel Janks ... Father Nassy
Estelle Terblanche ... Rebecca
Genelva Krind
Carel Nel Carel Nel ... Von Beunekom
Bart Klever Bart Klever
José Domingos José Domingos ... Slave Merchant


The Price Of Sugar tells the alternately gripping, romantic and heart-wrenching story of Sarith and Mini-Mini as they grow up on the sugar plantations of Suriname in the latter half of the eighteenth century. Where Sarith is the most beautiful woman in the colony, the mulatto Mini-Mini is forever in her shadow, slave to her own half-sister. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

26 September 2013 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Over Sarith En Caesar See more »

Filming Locations:

Suriname See more »


Box Office


€6,011,348 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€237,454 (Netherlands), 29 September 2013, Limited Release
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Released as both a theatrical 2 hour film and an extended mini-series for television consisting of four 45 minute episodes. See more »


Nathan mentions trying for the post of ambassador to Italy in Rome. Italy was not a unitary state until the mid 19th century, and the city of Rome at the time was the capital of the Papal States, ruled directly by the Pope. See more »


Featured in Pauw & Witteman: Episode #8.16 (2013) See more »

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Very enjoyable
11 August 2016 | by spell-for-irelandSee all my reviews

My sister recommended this movie and it was everything she said it would be. I'd never seen a movie from this era based in South America - and it's a good historical look into the Dutch colonies and slave trade, which many people wouldn't learn much about.

Watching a story set in this time period and following the life of a slave is usually an exercise is masochism. You know that historically, life was not good for slaves, so how can this possibly end well? Luckily in this film things went better than expected.

I would love to see more films on this topic, especially ones that people can watch without having to bring tissues along. I love a film with good plot that also teaches me about history.

Also, the diverse languages shown in this movie is something very rarely seen in big movies. I'd love to see more of it, as I didn't feel it actually took anything from the story or the dramatic feeling and it helped place the film in context.

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