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Sugar

Director: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck

Country:  USA

Year of Production:  2008

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Synopsis

Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck's powerful and ambitious follow-up to their startlingly assured feature debut (HALF NELSON). But just as their first film was not your average high school drama, nor is SUGAR even close to being just another American sports movie.

Miguel "Sugar" Santos (Algenis Perez Soto) realises his opportunity to achieve the American Dream, when he is picked to enter a US rookie academy and given a chance to play in the major league. But thoughts of success, fame and celebrity are thwarted by the reality of his situation. Increasingly isolated, he has to decide whether to continue on the path that is expected of him, or break out and discover his own place in the world.

Featuring a remarkable performance by Algenis Perez Soto, SUGAR is an original and provocative portrait of the modern-day immigrant experience by two of America's most distinctive young filmmakers.

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Cast

Starring:  Algenis Perez Soto, Rayniel Rufino, Andre Holland, Michael Gaston

Credits

Director: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck

Writer(s):  Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck

Producers:  Paul Mezey Jamie Patricof Jeremy Kipp Walker

Editor:  Anna Boden

Cinematographer:  Andrij Parekh

Music:  Michael Brook

Production Details

Country:  USA

Year of Production:  2008

Language:  English

Duration:  114 minutes

Shooting gauge:  35mm

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Genre(s): 

  • Drama

Theatrical Release Date:  5th June 2009

DVD Release Date:  21st September 2009

Reviews

WENDY IDE, THE TIMES

"a picture of integrity, intelligence and empathy that studiously avoids cliche"

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DAVID JENKINS, TIME OUT

"mightily impressive follow-up to last year's 'Half Nelson'... compassionate, intelligent and politically assured filmmaking of the highest order"

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DAVID JENKINS, TIME OUT

THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

"beautifully realised and hugely moving"

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THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

DAVID EDWARDS, THE DAILY MIRROR

"Utterly gripping, profoundly moving and brilliantly acted... One of the finest films this year"

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DAVID EDWARDS, THE DAILY MIRROR

THE GUARDIAN

"Sugar is a revelation... bright and shining... a powerful tale"

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NIGEL ANDREWS, THE FINANCIAL TIMES

"the best film of the week... a triumph"

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NIGEL ANDREWS, THE FINANCIAL TIMES

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