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Heading South (2005)
"Vers le sud" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  25 January 2006 (France)
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Three female tourists have their eyes opened while visiting the poverty-stricken and dangerous world of 1980s Haiti.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Ellen
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Brenda
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Sue
Ménothy Cesar ...
Legba
Lys Ambroise ...
Albert
Jackenson Pierre Olmo Diaz ...
Eddy
Wilfried Paul ...
Neptune
Anotte Saint Ford ...
Limousine Girl
Marie-Laurence Hérard ...
Airport Woman
Michelet Cassis ...
Charlie
Pierre-Jean Robert ...
Chico
Jean Delinze Salomon ...
Jérémy
Kettline Amy ...
Denise
Daphné Destin ...
Lossita
Guiteau Nestant ...
Frank
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Haiti, late 1970's. Sea, sex and sun for Ellen, Brenda and Sue, three North American ladies, on the wrong side of forty or fifty-odd, going through an enchanted interlude. Lonely, forsaken, neglected by men in their native countries, they can indulge here in carnal exultation without shame, thanks to handsome local young men they pay a few dollars. Ellen is a Boston French literature professor, Brenda, an unfulfilled wife from Savannah, Georgia and Sue, a sexually frustrated but good-natured Canadian factory worker. In this second garden of Eden they don't care too much about the neighboring poverty nor about Baby Doc's violent dictatorship. The trouble is that that two of the three women have sights on a single man, Legba. And Legba is beginning to be fed up with being a stud... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Heading South  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£35,787 (UK) (7 July 2006)

Gross:

$896,923 (USA) (22 November 2006)
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Part of the film was to be shot in Haiti but only one week's filming took place because political events prevented the crew from staying longer. The rest of the film was shot in the Dominican Republic, in neighboring Santo Domingo. See more »

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When Brenda is desperately looking for Legba and she wanders around the village at night, one of the guys she crosses by is wearing a Larry Johnson NBA New York Knicks basketball jacket with number 2. Larry Johnson played for the Knicks in the mid '90s. See more »

Quotes

Ellen: Everything was fine 'til you got here. We led a simple life. Then you arrived, lugging along your romantic love, your goddam syrupy love. You convinced yourself Legba was the love of your life. You wanted him all to yourself. Well, let me tell you something, you're no better than the rest of us. We're all here for a good time, that's all. But we don't kid ourselves, we don't cheat. We don't think you can just show up and upset the whole apple cart just because some kid gave you an orgasm.
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Uncomfortable questions
21 August 2006 | by (Stockholm, Sweden) – See all my reviews

Everyone despises male sex tourism. But there also is a female counterpart. This movie tells about middle-aged women, going to Haiti in the 70s. They give the native boys presents and get sex instead.

But that's not the whole truth. This is also about love tourism, because obviously these women have serious crushes on particularly one boy.

Is it just another form of imperialism or is it more complex? Why do we somehow pity these women, while we're condemning men in the same situation? This movie puts questions you didn't want to hear and turns things around.


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