Heading South details
|Starring:||Louise Portal, Menothy Cesar, Karen Young, Charlotte Rampling|
|Genres:||Drama, World Cinema|
|Original title||Vers le Sud|
|Run time:||1 hour 45 minutes|
|Rental release:||27 Sep 2010|
|Main languages:||English, French|
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Haeding SouthBy SAI81 (360 reviews) from Tonbridge , 20 Jul 2006
[Highly rated reviewer]Just past her 60th birthday Charlotte Rampling is getting some of the most interesting roles of her long career. Here she plays an English woman in her middle fifties who spends each summer in Haiti, along with a lot of other female tourists. While they are staying all these women pay young Haitian men to spend time with them, even to sleep wih them.
A spanner is thrown in the works of the relationship between Ellen (Rampling) and Legba (Menothy Cesar) by the arrival of Brenda (Karen Young).
Rampling may get top billing but the real star of the film is Karen Young, who is just teriffic as the divorcee who has come seeking the young boy she fell in love with on her last visit. I've no idea why I've never seen Young before but I hope I'll be seeing more of her in future.
Rampling is excellent as ever and newcomer Menothy Ceasr is also strong as Legba.
Sadly Canet's style sometimes defeats his film. Each major character (except, curiously, Legba) gets a this is me monologue which range from the brilliant (Young) to the utterly pointless (the hotel manager) but all, however strong, feel theatrical in their writing and playing and take you out of the film.
It's also hard to really care what happens as there's no snese of consequence (and indeed when there is consequence it's utterly out of place, coming from outside the film's little world of the hotel and beach).
While Karen Young and Charlotte Rampling certainly make Heading South worth a look they are really the only thing that lifts it above average
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Average watchable romantic dramaBy The KnightWatcher (629 reviews) from Gloucestershire , 09 Mar 2013Charlotte Rampling. Romantic drama. French with sub titles. Two middle class white women compete for the love and attentions of young black boy in the Carribean on the beaches of Haiti. Usual slow French style but watchable.
This film will surprise you!By a customer , 02 Aug 2012I thought this film was pretty good. I avoided watching it for over a year.... Glad I eventually did. Ofcourse the subject matter is one big cliche. But portrayed with such sensitivity and respect for all of the characters. Good job. I liked it . I liked it a lot.
Paradise lostBy Oldbloke (350 reviews) from Sidmouth , 07 Oct 2011At a secluded beach resort in late 70's Haiti, a group of affluent American women escape from their unhappy home lives by frolicking in the surf with the young native men. Seemingly unaware or uninterested by the poverty and danger that their escorts face under a dictatorship, they catfight over a favourite until the brutal reality arrives in the form of two dead bodies on the sand. The women at the centre of this story both get monologues which go some way to explaining their behaviour, but the object of their affection remains largely unheard. This is perhaps as it should be, but it certainly left me feeling shortchanged at the end. Still, Rampling is as majestic and ageless as ever and always worth watching.
Heading SouthBy Movieangel (66 reviews) from Cumbria , 03 Feb 2011Was surprised by this one. As soon as I realised a lot of this title was subtitled I thought I would not see this one through. However, the subject matter kept me watching and I am glad I watched it to the end. A good plot, that showed that having the money to go where, and more to the point buy what you want does not always make you happy ! ! Good acting by all also !
CHEAP HOLIDAYS IN OTHER PEOPLE'S MISERYBy a customer from TUNBRIDGE WELLS, ENGLAND , 11 Jan 2011A film about feminine longing and especially middle-aged White women slumming-it in a Third World paradise - on the lookout for good-looking and sexually-fit Black teenagers. Female sexual-jealousy and loneliness mix with the politics of sex tourism, social class and economic power.
Reminiscent of Smile Orange, this movie looks at the gilded cage Western Whites choose to live in and their fundamental unwillingness to accept the effect of their White supremacism on others - especially the world's poor. Here, Blacks are sexual objects to solace Whites for mundane jobs and unsatisfying marriages: A modern-day White (sexual) imperialism that reflects both the lack of sexual fulfillment of the antagonists and the emptiness of a physical-appearance obsessed Western culture where woman past their sexual prime are no longer considered attractive. Yet these women are not looking for genuine relationships, they seek mirrors for their narcissistic preening and solipsistic longing for contentment-without-effort; redemption-without-contrition.
On a wider perspective, these women do not really understand the politics of the paradise lost they surreptitiously invade - nor even that they are engaged in a cultural and economic invasion. Nor that the culture they exploit is as corrupt as their own - in its own way.
The only failing of this film is that it is not as good an analysis of the political situation it presents as it is of the emotional one.
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