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Sugar | Cruising is not enjoyable

Six years after having unfold like wildfire, the saga of Quebec influencers arrested for drug trafficking in Australia is about to go world wide once more with Sugaran Amazon Studios film that lands on Prime Video on Friday.

Posted at 6:56 a.m.

Marc-Andre Lemieux

Marc-Andre Lemieux
The Press

Spokespersons for the American big insist, Sugar (in French, The entice) isn’t “primarily based” on the epic of Mélina Roberge and Isabelle Lagacé; relatively, it’s a work of fiction “impressed” by the tribulations of the 2 girls, arrested in Sydney in 2016 for importing 95 kg of cocaine, price round $30 million. The unfortunates, who lived on the South Shore, had agreed to function mules aboard a luxurious cruise ship, in change for images to feed their Instagram accounts and a sum of cash.

After spending a very long time in jail, the duo just lately regained their freedom.

Directed by Vic Sarin and produced by Sepia Movies and Connect3 Media, Sugar takes up the principle strains of the story of Mélina Roberge and Isabelle Lagacé, renamed Melanie and Chloe for the event.

The function movie immerses us within the universe of the tandem, a universe of social networks wherein we {photograph} each second worthy of curiosity, offered that the lighting is flattering, after all.

The cruise has enjoyable throughout a part of the thriller. The watered events observe each other, the paradisiacal landscapes parade and, above all, the “likes” return at excessive velocity. However when the mirage fades, the dream journey turns right into a nightmare.


Jasmine Sky Sarin (Melanie) and Katherine McNamara (Chloe) in Sugar

In interview Zoomactress Jasmine Sky Sarin, who portrays Melanie in Sugar, admits that she had by no means heard of the well-known information merchandise earlier than becoming a member of the distribution of the Canadian-Mexican movie. “It is disturbing as a enterprise,” she feedback. Once I was advised it was impressed by a real story, I needed to know extra, it was so insane! »

Possessing an Instagram account herself that she commonly feeds with hyper licked pictures, the 23-year-old actress and ex-youtuber knew the online tradition wherein the protagonists have been immersed earlier than beginning the filming of the function movie in Cancún, in November 2021 .

“Enjoying this character made me take into consideration the alternatives you may make and what you do on-line. I spent my time posting on Instagram. I shared all the pieces I did. And I connected nice significance to taking good images, to gathering likes, and so on. It made me notice that deep down, none of that issues. It is not actual. That is the principle message of the movie, I consider. »


scene of Sugar

Sugar additionally stars Katherine McNamara (Shadowhunters) and Eric Bruneau. The Quebec actor performs the function of the Montreal trafficker who pulls the strings of the clandestine operation.

Not concerned

Mélina Roberge and Isabelle Lagacé didn’t take part within the improvement of Sugar. Joined by telephone, the primary underlines that she didn’t really feel the necessity to transpose her expertise to the small display screen, particularly since she offers her account of the occasions in With out filtera biography she wrote with Claudia Berthiaume, a journalist from Montreal Journal.

“It is my very own story,” says Mélina Roberge. That is the model as crude as I’ve been capable of inform. I did not wish to make one other movie. As a result of an excessive amount of is like not sufficient. And I am attempting to get my life again. »

The 28-year-old isn’t but positive if she is going to take the time to look at Sugar. Nevertheless, she admits having watched her trailer, which she describes as “very, very, very fictionalized”.

They added a whole lot of particulars that by no means made it into the story, and that is as much as them. However generally it is a bit of irritating, as a result of individuals who watch the film will suppose it is the reality.

Melina Roberge

“I am not very interested by this story, as a result of I’ve heard a lot about it,” she continues. I have never learn any articles about my ebook, as a result of more often than not it isn’t good critiques. Individuals have an opinion after they depart. They suppose that [je l’ai écrit] for cash causes or to develop into fashionable. »


Isabelle Lagacé and Mélina Roberge in 2016

The “Cocaine Cowgirls” saga (a nickname inherited from the worldwide media) has additionally triggered the beginning of a documentary sequence which is able to land on Crave in December. Title Cocaine, jail & likes: the true story of Isabellethe three-episode providing contains the testimony of Isabelle Lagacé, who didn’t settle for our interview request.

“I judged her”

The successive releases of a ebook, a movie and a documentary sequence will definitely carry the odyssey of Mélina Roberge and Isabelle Lagacé again into the information this fall. For some, it is going to be a chance to reevaluate their place on the case.

Like many observers, actress Jasmine Sky Sarin admits to having “judged a bit” Melanie the primary time she took a take a look at the script of Sugar. However after three months of filming, his imaginative and prescient had modified.

“Once you’re enjoying a personality, it’s important to actually dive in, have empathy, perceive them… At first I used to be like, ‘I’d by no means have carried out that!’ However the extra it went, the extra I understood why she was doing what she was doing, why she was doing such and such a gesture. I hope that would be the case for viewers. »

Sugar lands on Prime Video on Friday in its authentic English model. A French model (with or with out subtitles) may also be provided. Cocaine, jail & likes: the true story of Isabelle lands on Crave on December 2. With out filter is offered from Éditions du Journal.

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