Heading South Reviews

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Fernando F. Croce
August 30, 2009
Displays an almost Fassbinder-like sensitivity to emotional shifts in power
Cole Smithey
April 23, 2009
A trio of middle-aged white women from different backgrounds relish the tropical pleasures of '70s era Haiti, which includes local teenage gigolos, in writer/director Laurent Cantet's problematic filmic adaptation of three short stories by Dany Laferriere
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Robert Davis
Paste Magazine
June 9, 2008
What Heading South says through careful omission or brief allusion is often more interesting than what it says on the clunky surface.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 18, 2008
Erotic drama that probes lust, a police state and exploitation in the idyllic sunny climes of Haiti.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Beth Accomando
March 26, 2008
It also boasts another rich performance by Charlotte Rampling who continues to grow more interesting as an actress.
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
March 22, 2007
Una película lúcida y algo desconcertante sobre los deseos y fantasías de un trío de mujeres en vacaciones, con el trasfondo de la dura realidad haitiana del régimen de Duvalier.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
The film triumphs as a prism for intimate, personal truths.
Kam Williams
February 4, 2007
This fascinating flick, using physical desire as a metaphor, examines political problems plaguing Haiti in the Seventies while simultaneously exploring pleasure purely from an older woman's point-of-view.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Don Willmott
January 28, 2007
an intense experience
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Cornelius
January 4, 2007
While an important message is at the movie's core, Cantet just can't find a way to make us care.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
December 14, 2006
Hot sex in the Haitian sun is the main thrust of Laurent Cantet's Heading South, but melancholy and loneliness are the film's key emotions.
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
November 30, 2006
... a shot of reality disguised as an umbrella drink, and is as uncomfortable an experience as having sand stuck in your swimming suit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 30, 2006
Okay, we'll admit that the ideal of being fawned over and adored by half-dressed men has some appeal, but this movie doesn't... sex in paradise shouldn't be this uninteresting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
November 30, 2006
Heading South opens up a fascinating world of complexities, some of which are there on the screen although others open up only once the horizon line moves past the screen's edge.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
October 19, 2006
"Heading South" is more of a middling film precisely because it is so obviously tackling an issue and making a statement. As a result, the characters and the story suffer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
October 19, 2006
Where does Legba go when he leaves? Neither the women nor the director seem to care.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
October 13, 2006
A compact drama boiling over with political and sexual subtext, Heading South gives us yet another opportunity to soak up the wonder that is Charlotte Rampling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
September 23, 2006
Exploring female desire in a way films rarely do, Heading South is a film of sometimes subtle, sometimes blunt metaphors for the interaction of rich and pauperized countries.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
September 20, 2006
Well acted (Rampling is, as always, brilliant) and well-crafted -- and it's constantly interesting, but it's finally too unfocused to attain the power it seeks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Shawn Levy
September 8, 2006
Cantet's chief asset here is the acting.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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