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Heading South (2005)

Vers le sud (original title)
Unrated | | Drama | 25 January 2006 (France)
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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Storyline

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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Trivia

Visa d'exploitation en France: #107737. See more »

Goofs

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: I turned 55, last month. There's nothing in Boston for women over 40. Don't contradict me. I've checked out every bar in that goddam, stuck-up city. And there's nothing there that's even close to Legba. How was such a handsome boy born here? On this dungheap.
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Connections

Featured in The Look (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

La femme de mes rêves
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Performed by Ti Koka et Wanga Negès
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A disappointment
7 March 2006 | by (France) – See all my reviews

One of those films that bit off more than it could chew. The subject could hardly be more challenging and raises multiple, complex issues : female sexuality, male prostitution, North- South relations. But the treatment somehow fails to tackle any of them convincingly. The film is surprisingly claustrophobic, most of it taking place in a "huit clos" atmosphere with mostly close-up and medium shots - this is presumably the director's choice, but the effect, as far as I was concerned, was to make it feel like one of those rather unsuccessful screen versions of stage plays. Much of the dialogue sounded thin and false to my ear. One good point - Karen Young's sensitive portrayal of Brenda. Charlotte Rampling did almost too well what was expected of her and the resultant performance is perhaps a trifle predictable.


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