Le Sucre

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Le Sucre
Film poster
Directed byJacques Rouffio
Written byJacques Rouffio
Georges Conchon
Produced byLise Fayolle
Giorgio Silvagni
StarringJean Carmet
Gérard Depardieu
CinematographyRené Mathelin
Edited byGeneviève Winding
Music byPhilippe Sarde
Distributed byGaumont
Release date
  • 15 November 1978 (1978-11-15)
Running time
104 minutes
Box office$5.7 million[1]

Le Sucre (or The Sugar) is a 1978 French crime comedy film directed by Jacques Rouffio. The film recounts a fraud case, on the basis of the speculative bubble on the price of sugar in 1974.[2][3]


Raoul (Gerard Depardieu) is a hot-shot commodities broker who sweet-talks Adrien (Jean Carmet), a quiet and unassuming man, into taking his wife's inheritance and using it to speculate on the recent rise in sugar prices. Raoul is able to pry more money away from Adrien when he shows him how much his first, more conservative speculations have made. But the con-man is taken in by his own con, for Raoul has also entered the sugar market, using every bit of money he can scrape together. When the market turns around, they are both in trouble.[4]



Year Award Category Recipient Result
1979 César Awards Best Actor Jean Carmet Nominated
Gérard Depardieu Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Jean Carmet Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Nelly Borgeaud Nominated
Best Writing Georges Conchon & Jacques Rouffio Nominated


  1. ^ "Le Sucre (1978) - JPBox-Office".
  2. ^ Gabrysiak, D. (2012). Transgression and Money on Screen: 1970s and 1980s French Films on High Finance. Irish Journal of French Studies, 12(1), 65-82.
  3. ^ Delalande, N., & Spire, A. (2010). IV. Vers un rapport apaisé à l'impôt (1974-2007)?. Repères, 79-104.
  4. ^ "Le Sucre (1978)".

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