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Sugar Cane Alley

1983, Comedy/Drama, 1h 45m

41 Reviews 500+ Ratings

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Visually and thematically evocative, Sugar Cane Alley tells a story that's heartbreaking and uplifting in equal measure. Read critic reviews

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In the French colony of Martinique in the 1930s, rambunctious teenager Jose (Garry Cadenat) lives in a rundown shack in a small farm village with his doting grandmother, M'Man Tine (Darling Legitimus). While studying diligently at the local school, Jose also learns at the side of wise village elder Medouze (Douta Seck), who tells him first-hand of the lives of African slaves. When Jose wins a scholarship to a prestigious high school in the capital, he brings the wisdom of the village with him.

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Audience Reviews for Sugar Cane Alley

  • Apr 02, 2022
    A deeply moving story that treats its characters and their circumstances honestly while never feeling too depressing or sentimental.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 29, 2006
    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 N Super Reviewer

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