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Heading South (2006)

Heading South (2006)



Critic Consensus: As touching as it is disturbing, Heading South is an unconventional exploration of desire and longing, with superb performances and direction.

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A trio of lonely, middle-aged American women finds their growing disillusionment with stateside men leading them to seek emotional comfort and sexual gratification in the arms of young Haitian man in Time Out director Laurent Cantet's emotionally incisive adaptation of Haitian-Canadian author Dany Laferrière's acclaimed short stories. Competing for the attentions of beautiful young Haitian native Legba (Ménothy Cesar) are 55-year-old Wellesley professor Ellen (Charlotte Rampling), sexually frustrated Canadian factory worker Sue (Louise Portal), and fortysomething Georgia blonde Brenda (Karen Young). The Hotel Petite Anse is a haven for older women seeking the companionship of younger men, and doyenne Ellen has come to establish herself as something of the queen bee of the popular island establishment. Despite the constant threat of Baby Doc Duvalier's thuggish henchmen, these lonely women risk their livelihoods to bask under the sun and forget the troubles of their daily lives as the line between exploiter and exploited becomes increasingly blurred. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Art House & International , Drama
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Karen Young
as Brenda
Lys Ambroise
as Albert
Wilfried Paul
as Neptune
Anotte Saint Ford
as Limousine Girl
Marie-Laurence Hérard
as Airport Woman
Kettline Amy
as Denise
Daphné Destin
as Lossita
Dieunie Dorvilien
as Tina's Friend
Violette Vincent
as Legba's Mother
Anathole Bonhomme
as Policeman
Vanessa Michel
as Girl In Yellow
Samuel Pierre Jean
as Legba's Friend
Juckel Remilus
as Legba's Friend
Gabrielle Lee
as Irish Tourist
Annette Snyder
as American Tourist
Geneviève Curt
as Picnic Tourist
Manolo Jerome
as Drinks Seller
Dieunie Dorvillien
as Tina's Friend
Joël Medelus
as Macoutes
Jimmy Antoine
as Macoute
Vanessa Michele
as Girl in Yellow
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Critic Reviews for Heading South

All Critics (83) | Top Critics (26)

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.

September 23, 2006
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

The regal Rampling has never been finer, and Cesar makes his character surprisingly proud and sympathetic.

Full Review… | September 7, 2006
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

The film offers something unusual, a tragic spectacle of normal, recognizable and utterly sympathetic people condemning themselves.

Full Review… | September 1, 2006
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

An unsettling drama by the director of two other remarkable films about class illusions, Human Resources and Time Out.

August 25, 2006
Seattle Times
Top Critic

The movie avoids devolving into polemic by treating its characters as individuals.

August 18, 2006
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

In its way, the film is a piercing indictment, though it makes its point without much screaming, hectoring or preening. It's quietly terrific.

Full Review… | August 17, 2006
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Heading South

Good movie on a topic that is not really explored very often. My gripe was the fact this movie was set in the 1970s and the props and clothing were obviously much newer. I know it's an independent movie, but damn some effort would have been nice.

Dimity  Palazzola
Dimity Palazzola

even the high calaber actresses like rampling can't save this one from being nothing more than "exotic" soft core porn, very disappointed with this one.

Gregory Wood
Gregory Wood

Heading South is a film of sometimes subtle, sometimes blunt metaphors for the interaction of rich and pauperized countries. The film also offers something unusual: a tragic spectacle of normal, recognizable and utterly sympathetic women condemning themselves.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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