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July 11, 2006

HEADING SOUTH

ColeSmithey.comA trio of middle-aged white women from different backgrounds relish the tropical pleasures of ‘70s era Haiti, which includes local teenage gigolos, in writer/director Laurent Cantet’s problematic filmic adaptation of three short stories by Dany Laferriere.

Brenda (Karen Young) comes back to the same Haitian beach resort where she enjoyed an affair three years earlier with Legba (Menothy Cesar) a local 15-year-old boy, but finds the object of her sexual exploitation lorded over by the jealous and cunning Ellen (Charlotte Rampling).

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Flanked by the two women, Legba struggles with local prejudices and violent conditions that threaten his life.

The story unfolds to expose levels of discrimination within Haitian culture and the uncertain effects of exploitation from Western culture.

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Cantet uses a series of well-placed monologues from his female characters to describe their rationalizations for the cultural abuse they commit.

Not Rated. 105 mins.

4 Stars

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