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51 Ratings

Sugar Cane Alley

Rue cases nègres

Directed by Euzhan Palcy
Martinique, France, 1983


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.

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Sugar Cane Alley Directed by Euzhan Palcy

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

1983 | 5 wins including: Best Actress

César Awards

1984 | Winner: Best First Work

What are people saying?

  • Lee Bullitt's rating of the film Sugar Cane Alley

    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.