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Heading South Reviews

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.
Read More | Original Score: B-
September 7, 2006
The regal Rampling has never been finer, and Cesar makes his character surprisingly proud and sympathetic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 1, 2006
The film offers something unusual, a tragic spectacle of normal, recognizable and utterly sympathetic people condemning themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 25, 2006
An unsettling drama by the director of two other remarkable films about class illusions, Human Resources and Time Out.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 18, 2006
The movie avoids devolving into polemic by treating its characters as individuals.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 17, 2006
In its way, the film is a piercing indictment, though it makes its point without much screaming, hectoring or preening. It's quietly terrific.
August 17, 2006
At 60, with three 2006 releases in the can, Rampling still seems an international treasure, a great camera subject and a truly daring actress.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 4, 2006
Boasts another formidable and fine-tuned performance from the great Charlotte Rampling.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 4, 2006
A nervy but muddleheaded work ... with sharply unpleasant things to say about the First World's moral strip-mining of the Third but an overly tactful way of saying them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 21, 2006
Cantet's fascinating, troubling drama has many meanings.
July 20, 2006
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 nations by rich and powerful ones. But they wind up being too bitter and unstable to elicit much sympathy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 20, 2006
Heading South is an absorbing extension of Cantet's abiding obsession with the seeding of political inequality in intimate relations.
July 19, 2006
The film is too slow for my taste, but for perfectly formed characters and authentic human conflict, Heading South is beautifully written, carefully photographed and eventually devastating.
July 12, 2006
What is surprising is the delicacy with which Rampling and Cantet -- himself better known as a chronicler of men -- create a character of such potent feminine hunger.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
July 7, 2006
Heading South is a seemingly straightforward and simple picture that's really defiantly complex, sexually, politically and emotionally.
July 7, 2006
In Laurent Cantet's fine new film Heading South, the amorous travelers aren't men but well-heeled, middle-aged women from North America, and their playground is lawless Haiti.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 7, 2006
A powerful cocktail of not just sex and love but race, poverty, colonialism and jealousy.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 7, 2006
A well-acted but misguided tale of displaced sexual longing on the beaches of Baby Doc Duvalier's 1970s Haiti.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
July 6, 2006
The new film by Laurent Cantet (Human Resources and the masterpiece Time Out) is evocative and disturbing.
Full Review | Original Score: B
July 6, 2006
Laurent Cantet's devastating new film contemplates the darker social undercurrents beneath a seemingly benign example of sexual tourism. examination of middle-age desire.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
July 6, 2006
But though the women talk a lot about the soul-changing effects of great sex, Cantet largely steers clear of cinematic sensuality, making his heroines' satisfaction -- and the way it exploits the poor -- primarily theoretical.
Read More | Original Score: C+
July 6, 2006
It's a delight; an entertaining, moving, audacious and stimulating conversation about happiness, love, jealousy, fear, race, sex, class, and social and colonial oppression -- in short, the relationship between the personal and the political.
July 5, 2006
An intelligent movie, not so much salacious as affecting but ultimately less analytical than overwrought...
February 3, 2006
Albert's bitterness deserved further development, but the real puzzle is why Cantet doesn't let Legba have a say.
February 3, 2006
Cantet never finds the keys to his characters in Heading South and fails to give them life beyond the politicized representations imposed on them by Laferrière.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 3, 2006
Suffering from a surfeit of addled ambition, it's intellectually feverish but dramatically languid, one of those overreaching movies that tries awfully hard to seem deep but ends up as shallow as a tide pool.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4