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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.

Director:

Laurent Cantet

Writers:

Laurent Cantet (scenario), Robin Campillo (scenario) | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlotte Rampling ... Ellen
Karen Young ... Brenda
Louise Portal ... Sue
Ménothy Cesar Ménothy Cesar ... Legba
Lys Ambroise Lys Ambroise ... Albert
Jackenson Pierre Olmo Diaz Jackenson Pierre Olmo Diaz ... Eddy
Wilfried Paul Wilfried Paul ... Neptune
Anotte Saint Ford Anotte Saint Ford ... Limousine Girl
Marie-Laurence Hérard Marie-Laurence Hérard ... Airport Woman
Michelet Cassis Michelet Cassis ... Charlie
Pierre-Jean Robert Pierre-Jean Robert ... Chico
Jean Delinze Salomon Jean Delinze Salomon ... Jérémy
Kettline Amy Kettline Amy ... Denise
Daphné Destin Daphné Destin ... Lossita
Guiteau Nestant 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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Genres:

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Certificate:

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Language:

French | English

Release Date:

25 January 2006 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Heading South See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$42,810, 9 July 2006

Gross USA:

$896,923, 24 November 2006
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Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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

Brenda: [in Legba's ear] For three years, you were all I could think of. I missed you. I missed you so much, it was like an addiction. My whole body ached, my head, my belly. It was just agony, every day, every night. Especially every night.
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Sobo
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Performed by Ti Koka et Wanga Negès
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Uncomfortable questions
21 August 2006 | by stenssonSee 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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