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A trio of lonely, middle-aged American women finds their growing disillusionment with stateside men leading them to seek emotional comfort and sexual gratification in the arms of young Haitian man in Time Out director Laurent Cantet's emotionally incisive adaptation of Haitian-Canadian author Dany Laferrière's acclaimed short stories. Competing for the attentions of beautiful young Haitian native Legba Ménothy Cesar are 55-year-old Wellesley professor Ellen Charlotte Rampling, sexually frustrated Canadian factory...
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A trio of lonely, middle-aged American women finds their growing disillusionment with stateside men leading them to seek emotional comfort and sexual gratification in the arms of young Haitian man in Time Out director Laurent Cantet's emotionally incisive adaptation of Haitian-Canadian author Dany Laferrière's acclaimed short stories. Competing for the attentions of beautiful young Haitian native Legba Ménothy Cesar are 55-year-old Wellesley professor Ellen Charlotte Rampling, sexually frustrated Canadian factory worker Sue Louise Portal, and fortysomething Georgia blonde Brenda Karen Young. The Hotel Petite Anse is a haven for older women seeking the companionship of younger men, and doyenne Ellen has come to establish herself as something of the queen bee of the popular island establishment. Despite the constant threat of Baby Doc Duvalier's thuggish henchmen, these lonely women risk their livelihoods to bask under the sun and forget the troubles of their daily lives as the line between exploiter and exploited becomes increasingly blurred.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/6/2007
  • UPC: 796019798174
  • Original Release: 2005
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  • Source: Netflix
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Français
  • Time: 1:43:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Charlotte Rampling Ellen
Karen Young Brenda
Louise Portal Sue
Menothy Cesar Legba
Lys Ambroise Albert
Jackenson Pierre Eddy
Wilfried Paul Neptune
Anotte Saint Ford Limousine Girl
Marie-Laurence Hérard Airport Woman
Michelet Cassis Charlie
Jean-Robert Pierre Chico
Jean Delinze Salomon Jeremy
Kettline Amy Denise
Daphné Destin Lossita
Guiteau Nestant Frank
Violette Vincent Legba's Mother
Ti Koka Wanga Negès Orchestra
Anathole Bonhomme Policeman
Michelet Ulysse Bob
Samuel Pierre Jean Lagba's Friend
Juckel Remilus Lagba's Friend
Gabrielle Lee Irish Tourist
Annette Snyder American Tourist
Geneviève Curt Picnic Tourist
Manolo Jerome Drinks Seller
Keniolt Alparad Barman
Jean-Pierre Francesco Dancer
Natacha Petit Tina
Dieunie Dorvilien Tina's Friend
Joël Medelus Macoutes
Jimmy Antoine Macoutes
Lorette Blanca Chef
Ariana Joseph Chef
Vanessa Michel Girl In Yellow
Technical Credits
Laurent Cantet Director, Screenwriter
Jacques Arhex Production Manager
Rafael Arias Special Effects
Simon Arnal Producer
Simon Arnal-Szlovak Producer
Kerry Barden Casting
Caroline Benjo Producer
Marie-Angel Breitner-Protat Makeup
Robin Campillo Editor, Screenwriter
Jean-Francois Casamayou Associate Producer
Yssis Castillo Casting
Jennifer Curaba Makeup
Valerie Deloof Sound Editor
Franckie Diago Art Director, Production Designer
Alejandra Flores Makeup
Valerie Fuchs Makeup
Isabel Geraldino Makeup
Kelvin Guzman Special Effects
John Hamilton Co-producer
Victoria Kluge Production Manager
Claude La Haye Sound/Sound Designer
Dany Laferrière Original Story
Carl Lafontant Casting, Production Manager
Jean-Pierre Laforce Sound Mixer
Stephanie Leger Editor
Barbara Letellier Associate Producer
Valerie Lonergan Co-producer
Scott Macaulay Casting
Rachèle Magloire Casting, Production Manager
Pierre Milon Cinematographer
Robin O'Hara Casting
Louis Piche Sound/Sound Designer
Agnes Ravez Sound Editor
David Reckziegel Co-producer
Lucie Robitaille Casting
Helene Ross Production Manager
Paul Schnee Casting
Carole Scotta Producer
Michele Soria Casting
Denis Sperdouklis Costumes/Costume Designer
Edward St. Hilaire Makeup
Barbara St. Philippe Casting
Manuela Taco Makeup
Maria Totaro Casting
Sandy Whitelaw Translator
Lynn Yacinthe Production Manager
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Heading South
1. Haiti, Late 1970's [13:52]
2. Brenda [4:20]
3. The Beach [5:18]
4. Crazy About Love [6:52]
5. Ellen [9:05]
6. Albert [6:22]
7. Sue [6:32]
8. True Friend [5:34]
9. An Addiction [7:44]
10. The Market [6:04]
11. Let Me Help [5:15]
12. Refuge [8:38]
13. Discovery [8:02]
14. Holiday's End [6:36]
15. End Credits [2:38]
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Disc #1 -- Heading South
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Having fun in the sun with the Natives

    Isn't it interesting that these ladies wouldn't lay their eyes on a black guy back home, but lust after these young men in one of the poorest country? I never knew that sex tourism also include middle aged white women going to Haiti in the 70s for young black guys. This the story of the 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 (Ménothy Cesar), the vacation is over. Nothing much happens but some petty jealousies over Legba, until director Cantet goes outside the circle of this modest resort where Papa Doc's dictatorship touches quietly on their lives -- a reality to which the women wish to remain oblivious but can't. In fact, the most powerful part of the film occurs in the opening scene, where a local black mother tries to give away her daughter to a prosperous black man in order to avoid the child's being taken from her, as often happens to poor blacks in Haiti. There is little sex to spice up the film, regardless of the sexy premise. If “Heading South” had done more with the political and social unrest on the island, as a metaphor for the women's unrest at the resort, there would have been a much more substantial film. Instead we are left with a mild plot bolstered by very interesting and talented older actresses Charlotte Rampling and Karen Young give aching performances as sex-tourist cougars, We can hope that the screenplay is authentic, for it is based on three short stories by the native Haitian novelist Dany Laferrière, who was born in 1953 in Port-au-Prince. He was a late teenager himself in the years when this script is set. He abruptly left Haiti in 1976, fearing for his life, and has lived in Montreal since (spending some time in Miami as well). Aside from that I enjoyed this film for its brutal honesty, its originality, and its thought provoking subject. But one can't help thinking about the double standard, how creepy this movie would be if the tourists were men.

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