(2005)

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Metascore

Based on 26 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
Cantet weaves a dark, disturbing story of hedonism, casual racism and the lethal consequences of self-indulgence in his superb drama Heading South.
100
A beautifully written, seamlessly directed film with award-worthy performances by Ms. Rampling and Ms. Young.
88
Director Laurent Cantet's fourth feature abandons the contentious French workplaces of "Human Resources" and "Time Out" for sunnier climes, but this Haitian idyll is an equally excoriating look at labor and exploitation.
80
Salon.com
Heading South is a seemingly straightforward and simple picture that's really defiantly complex, sexually, politically and emotionally.
75
Evocative and disturbing.
70
Chicago Reader
The film tackles more than it can master, but it's never less than fascinating, and all three leads are exceptional.
70
Village Voice
An intelligent movie, not so much salacious as affecting but ultimately less analytical than overwrought, Heading South makes its points in the first 20 minutes.
60
The Hollywood Reporter
Cantet keeps a lid on a story that he could have easily exploited, but he makes his points about beauty, fulfillment, self-indulgence and delusion with a measured hand.
60
Variety
Cantet's anticipated follow-up to "Time Out" supplants that pic's important issues with unexamined attitudes toward sex and the tropics.
58
The A.V. Club
Heading South's gender politics keep the movie from being too simple, since these women's self-indulgence can be read as a kind of unfettered (and even laudable) feminism, instead of just unintentional racism.

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