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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Charlotte Rampling
Karen Young
Menothy Cesar
Louise Portal
Lys Ambroise.
Directors
Laurent Cantet.
Screenwriters
Laurent Cantet
Robin Campillo.
Running Time
108 minutes

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Heading South
If Shirley Valentine had paid younger men...in Haiti..with some friends..


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Plot
Three middle-aged women seek and pay for sexual adventure in the poverty-blighted island of Haiti in the early 80s. But all is not just bliss and consumer satisfaction.


Review
Heading South

Sex tourism may be a familiar subject, but the gender dynamics of Laurent Cantet’s drama render it intriguing. Here, middle-aged women lounge on a Haiti beach treating lithe local lads to lunch as payment for services rendered.

That Charlotte Rampling is one of them is a plus: her strong-willed, sexual character Ellen seethes with bitterness about getting old. But the dialogue is increasingly stilted, and the women’s monologues to camera rarely work. Ménothy Cesar is watchable as gigolo Legba, but his character is as undercooked as the subplot. As a glimpse into a curious subculture this provokes interest, but in dramatic and political terms it’s a missed opportunity.


Verdict
Good idea but misses a trick or two.


Reviewed by Anna Smith

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Upon reading the blurb in my local cinema's programme my interest was picqued and the inclusion of Charlotte Rampling was certainly a plus. However, I agree with Anna Smiths comments that this film fails to hit the mark. I think with this kind of subject matter you can go one of two ways, you can show it entirely from the point of view of the women and the men that satisfy their needs. A character study that focuses on their lives, thoughts and emotions. Or, you can focus more on the polit... More

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