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

Unrated  |   |  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

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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£35,787 (UK) (7 July 2006)

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$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 »

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Albert: I was born in Cap-Haitien, in northern Haiti. I'm from a family of patriots. My whole family fought the Americans during the 1915 occupation. I think my father never shook a white man's hand. He saw them as lower than monkeys. He used to say: "I look behind a white man, to see if he has a tail." My grandfather didn't bother with that. To him, a white man was an animal, period. When he talked about "the white man," he really meant Americans. The invaders, occupiers, people who dared to tread on ...
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A great complex film
22 August 2006 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

I know a lot Americans guys travel to Thailand for young girls, and a lot German guys travel to Hungry for young boys. But I never know that sex tourism also include middle aged white women going to Haiti in the 70s for young black guys. That's a story a new film "Heading South" (Vers le sud) is telling.

Three mid-aged North American women (two Americans and one Canadian) went to Haiti for summer vacation in the 70s, soaking in the sun and their desire for beautiful young Haitian boys. They have what those boys don't have: money and social status. The boys have what the ladies don't have: their youth and bodies. When two of the three ladies want the same handsome 18 years old Legba, the vacation is over.

This is an excellent film. I love this film for its brutal honesty, its originality, its thought provoking subject, and its terrific performance. Money liberates these ladies' sexuality, but can money buy love that they really desire for? Isn't it interesting that these ladies wouldn't lay their eyes on a black guy back home, but they are lusting after these young men in the poorest country? What made the connection between them here in Haiti?


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