1930, on a sugar cane plantation in Martinique live José, a bright, mischievous 11-year-old, and his grandmother, a tough, wise woman determined to save him from the hard life she has known. When Jose wins a scholarship, she is ready to sacrifice everything for his chance at an education and an escape from the fields. –Cannes Film Festival
Euzhan Palcy is a film director, writer and producer from Martinique, French West Indies. She is notable for being the first black woman director produced by a major Hollywood studio (MGM), for A Dry White Season; as well as being the only woman filmmaker who directed Marlon Brando whom she brought back to the screen after a gap of nine years. Ms Palcy is also the first black artist to win a Cesar Award (The French Academy Award).
Early life and career
Born in Martinique, Euzhan Palcy grew up studying the films of Fritz Lang, Alfred Hitchcock, Billy Wilder and Orson Welles. She left for Paris in 1975 to earn a master’s degree in French Literature, in theater at the Sorbonne, a D.E.A. in Art and Archeology and a film degree (specializing in cinematography) from renowned Louis Lumière College.
It was in Paris, with the encouragement of her “French Godfather”, François Truffaut, that she was able to put together her first feature, Sugar Cane Alley… read more
obviously a very touching film, but I felt the ending was very abrupt, and that the music played at the beginning and end of the film were completely inappropriate. Having said that, you know it's going to be a tear-jerker and blood stirrer from the very beginning, and the young boy, Jose, is destined to find some sort of success despite all of the sadness and degradation in the world around him.