Heading South

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Released 2005

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Heading South

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Director:
Laurent Cantet
Released:
2005
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Heading South is a 2005 drama that tells the story of three lonely, middle-aged women who are disillusioned with the men in the United States and find themselves all fighting for sexual gratification and comfort in the arms of a young Haitian man. The three North American women, Boston professor Ellen (Charlotte Rampling), Canadian factory worker Sue (Louise Portal) and Georgia blonde Brenda (Karenda Young), all are after Legba (Menothy Cesar). The women stay at The Hotel Petite Anse in Haiti, which is known as a haven for older women who seek the companionship of younger men. Among these women, Ellen does her best to prove herself as the queen bee of the popular establishment, but soon all the women face a bigger hurdle. A group of thug-like henchmen begin to shadow Legba to make sure he is not doing any misdeeds. The women, however, continue to risk their livelihoods and money just to gain the Haitian boy's affection. With the their home lives in disarray, the line between the exploiter and the exploited eventually becomes blurred in this hedonistic tale of lust and desire.moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 100

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    A beautifully written, seamlessly directed film with award-worthy performances by Ms. Rampling and Ms. Young.

  • 60

    Los Angeles Times Carina Chocano

    Lonely, bitter, insecure and clearly unstable, the women are meant to level the emotional playing field and add depth to what is, at heart, a story about the exploitation of poor n...

  • 60

    Variety

    Cantet's anticipated follow-up to "Time Out" supplants that pic's important issues with unexamined attitudes toward sex and the tropics.

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