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Based on a semi-autobiographical novel written by Josef Zobel, this is a wonderful, heart-warming movie set in Martinique in the early thirties. We see the African population working in the cane fields are no longer slaves. But the white masters of a generation ago have now become their bosses, and whilst no longer entitled to beat them are still paying them wages that keep them in poverty in their village 'shacks'. Our young protagonist's Grandmother knows that only a college education in the capital will save her bright boy from a future in the cane fields. That there are so few other period pieces set in the Caribbean of any quality makes this one even more unmissable.
I have to admit that its one of the greatest film that i have ever seen or come across. I saw it for the first time in 1986 and had been searching for a copy of it on DVD so that i can share it with the younger generation. I finally got one and have watached it several times and shown it to friends and family. If you come from an island like myself you will definetely enjoy this film, associate yourself with it and see yourself or your childhood friends in one or several of the characters. Chapeau a Joseph Zobel et Euzhan Palcy and the casts. The other great film that i am looking for is the Haitian "l'Homme sur le quais" or "Man by the Shore" by Raoul Peck (1993). F.Ally
PAN AND SCAN. Una historia bastante vectorial pero muy sincera y contada con candidez. La cinematografía es espectacular, así como las caracterizaciones de todos los personajes. / A very vectorial story although very sincere and candidly told. The cinematography is spectacular, as are the characterizations of all its characters.
Palcy has distinguished herself for being the first black woman to direct a Hollywood movie, A Dry White Season. I thought that was a decent but unremarkable drama. This earlier work is a bit better. The storyline is somewhat been-there-done-that, and the mise en scene is nothing special, but there is an authentic quality to it. In some ways it was reminiscent of Satyajit Ray. The film's greatest asset is the strong characterization: Jose and his grandmother are people who grow on you quickly.
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.
a film i should have seen long ago, but finally enjoyed on film at NMWA. Thank you KJ! The child star of this film is bright and sweet. The story is well crafted and every frame comments on the films thesis and critique of colonialism and slavery without feeling overdrawn.
This movie has so many elements that create a masterpiece- most importantly a timeless message of love, value, loss, strength, determination and the wonderment of childhood. This is a must-see. Small budget, great performances and direction.