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Bitter Sugar

Bitter Sugar

A Feature film by Christian Lara

Produced by Guadeloupe Film Compagnie, Tesson SA

Release in France : 29/05/2002


    “Sucre Amer” is an historical fiction about an imaginary trial that takes place in the courtroom of history.
    The film has three settings: the courtroom where the trial takes place, the jury chambers where the eight jurors must reach an unanimous verdict and the chronological reconstruction of some main events from the past.
    At the beginning of the film, the judge reminds the eight jurors (seven of whom are real people from Guadeloupe’s history) of their duty to reach a unanimous decision.
    The man who appears before the court is called Ignace, a freed slave who has become a commander in the French army. He is accused of high treason because of his rebellion against the Republic’s army after Napoleon Bonaparte restored the Code Noir, an edict dealing with slavery issues, and slavery itself.
    Did he really commit the treason of which he is accused? Or, to the contrary, is he a hero who, acting in defense of the recently established human rights laws, took up arms to safeguard his liberty and that of his fellow Guadelupians the way that defense counsel claims?
    Caught between the “white/black” split, the jury has its hands full trying to reach a unanimous decision.

    Actors (14)

    Production and distribution (5)

    Executive Producers :

    Guadeloupe Film Compagnie, Tesson SA

    Foreign production company :

    Films Stock International

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    Co-production :

    RFO (Radio France Outremer)

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    Photos (2)

    Full credits (9)

    Executive Producers :

    Christian Lara, Jacques Dorfmann, Gérard Martin

    Screenwriter :

    Christian Lara

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Akinhola Wazi

    Production Designer :

    Serge Sommer

    Costume designer :

    Jeanine Gonzalez

    Sound recordists :

    Daniel Masse, Jean-Louis Richet

    Director of Photography :

    Jean-Michel Humeau

    Editor :

    Catherine Trouillet-Shorr

    Music Composer :

    Jean-Claude Petit

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Coproducer countries :

    Guadeloupe (France), France

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    Nationality :

    Majority French (Guadeloupe (France), France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 30 min

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    Audio format :

    Dolby SR

    Posters (1)



    Cairo - International Film Festival - 1998

    Cairo - International Film Festival (Egypt, 1998)


    Out of Competition