Sugar Cane Alley (Rue Cases Negres) (1984)


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The teenage life and adventures of young José who lives in a shanty-town on Martinique in the mid-'30s comprises the body of this well-wrought film on how to enjoy what you have. José lives with his grandmother and is well aware of the French colonial presence but they are far away from his world. He gets into mischief, learns valuable lessons on living from an old former slave, drinks too much one time, and even sets fire to one of the run-down shanties. Regardless of his pranks, José never … More

Rating: PG (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
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Written By: Euzhan Palcy, Joseph Zobel
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On DVD: Oct 5, 2004
Media Home Entertainment



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Critic Reviews for Sugar Cane Alley (Rue Cases Negres)

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Full Review… | October 23, 2004
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Audience Reviews for Sugar Cane Alley (Rue Cases Negres)

A well made story about a bright boy living within the population of sugar cane workers. The acting from the boy is very good and he carries the movie. The other cast members, in particularly the old man, also give good performances. A good movie that is together sad and uplifting.

Aaron Neuwirth

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Surprised how much I liked this; it has the simplicity of a documentary, but it is an enriching story of a boy in Martinique affected by colonialism, pressures of excellence in school, and the diversity of thought and personality in which he is immersed in his home.

Shannon Nakai

Great commentary on society on colonial Martinique. The use of Amber filter instead of blue helps see the black characters real and beautiful. Euzhan Palcy's direction is excellent!

Eunice Madera

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