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Sugar

1 rating: 3.0
A movie directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck

An astute if low-key drama from the creative team behindHalf Nelson,Sugaris an engrossing story about a young Dominican man who comes to the U.S. to play baseball, only to find himself pursuing a different destiny. Algenis Perez Soto plays Miguel, also … see full wiki

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Director: Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck
1 review about Sugar

A powerful and moving reflection on the American dream, baseball, and the immigrant experience

  • Nov 9, 2009
Rating:
+3
Miguel Santos, aka "Sugar," is an ambitious young Dominican kid with a dream to make it big in baseball. When he gets picked for the minor leagues in America, he knows it's just a matter of time before he is a household name and superstar. It turns out big dreams and talent are a dime a dozen in baseball, and while the pressure to succeed is enormous, there's always someone waiting in the wings to replace those who falter.

Sugar is a simple film, well told, about the American dream and the outsourcing of the so-called American sport, baseball. It starts out seeming like a classic sports success story of the underdog making his mark, along the lines of Rocky or The Karate Kid but with an international twist. It turns out to be something much more interesting and unexpected, a meditation on America from the perspective of the outsider coming in, and a new look at the immigrant experience, that manages to be both realistic and hopeful and uniquely unpredictable. This is very intelligent filmmaking, a powerful sophomore feature by the talented directing and screenwriting team of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, who traveled to the Dominican Republic and spoke with several whose stories resemble the one they depicted here in order to create a very authentic, true-to-life story, that is very different than their also compelling debut feature Half Nelson. Algenis Perez Soto does an incredible job as Miguel, immersing himself completely into the character of a soft spoken but confident young baseball player. The look and style are simple and direct, and the entire focus here is on character and story. Highly recommended.

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