Miguel 'Sugar' Santos 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.
I'll admit its all too easy to see the mere mention of baseball and dismiss it as a sports related film. Thankfully Kevin Costner and co are missing, as Sugar is more than just a tale of the underdog. The backdrop is the powerful American teams practice of seeking talent in poverty stricken countries. Promising players are treated like disposable items, only one injury or bad performance away from being sent back home. Sugar soon realises that he is no different to the mass produced t-shirts being made by his mother for the US market. The chances of success are slight but the rewards are huge. Success is not everything and life in the States is a solitary existance and not paved with gold. Yet his family and friends back home are hoping he will strike it rich and pass on the benefits of his talent. Sugar is a beautiful film on so many different levels, a real surprise.