Heading South (2005)

LAURENT CANTET

Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB.

Original title:  Vers Le Sud

France/Canada, 2005.  Haut et Court, Les Films Séville, France 3 Cinéma, StudioCanal, Canal+, TPS Star, Centre National de la Cinématographie, Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, Société de Développement des Entreprises Culturelles, Téléfilm Canada, Soficinéma, MEDIA Programme of the European Union, Procirep, Cofinova 1.  Screenplay by Laurent Cantet, , English translation by , based on three stories from the book La Chair Du Maitre by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by Robin Campillo.  

Thought-provoking political drama that takes place in Haiti in the late seventies, when the country was still a vacation paradise for rich white people but was also on the verge of a major upheaval (though of course it wouldn’t be its first or last). Three wealthy white women, one British, one American and one French-Canadian, enjoy the island sun and make paid sex servants of the local men. The British woman (a mesmerizing ) is enjoying a deeply connected relationship with a charismatic young stud when the American (an equally riveting ) shows up and starts a tug of war over him. The events that follow take the characters places they never expect to go as they learn that the place they thought of as their playground for plunder is no longer the paradise they once imagined it to be. Laurent Cantet tells a shamelessly symbolic story that doesn’t hide its intentions at all, but he tells it with grace and class and fills it with highly watchable performances.

Film Festivals:  TIFF 2005

Venice Film Festival Award:  Marcello Mastroianni Award (Menothy Cesar)

3 Comments Add yours

  1. vinnieh says:

    I’ll have to see this as I’m a fan of Charlotte Rampling.

    1. henryjames77 says:

      Good luck finding it, I think it’s a rare one. I saw it at TIFF.

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