Heading South
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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… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 70%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Steve Murray, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"An unsettling drama by the director of two other remarkable films about class illusions, Human Resources and Time Out."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"Displays an almost Fassbinder-like sensitivity to emotional shifts in power"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Erotic drama that probes lust, a police state and exploitation in the idyllic sunny climes of Haiti."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The film triumphs as a prism for intimate, personal truths."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"The regal Rampling has never been finer, and Cesar makes his character surprisingly proud and sympathetic."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"The movie avoids devolving into polemic by treating its characters as individuals."
‑ Kerry Lengel, Arizona Republic
"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"
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"It also boasts another rich performance by Charlotte Rampling who continues to grow more interesting as an actress."
‑ Beth Accomando, KPBS.org
"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."
‑ Kam Williams, EURWeb
"The film offers something unusual, a tragic spectacle of normal, recognizable and utterly sympathetic people condemning themselves."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"In its way, the film is a piercing indictment, though it makes its point without much screaming, hectoring or preening. It's quietly terrific."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"What Heading South says through careful omission or brief allusion is often more interesting than what it says on the clunky surface."
‑ Robert Davis, Paste Magazine
"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."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
"an intense experience"
‑ Don Willmott, Filmcritic.com
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