Heading South

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Heading South
Directed by Laurent Cantet
Produced by Simon Arnal
Caroline Benjo
Written by Robin Campillo
Laurent Cantet
Dany Laferrière
Starring Charlotte Rampling
Karen Young
Louise Portal
Ménothy Cesar
Distributed by StudioCanal
Release dates
  • 12 September 2005 (2005-09-12) (Toronto International Film Festival)
  • 25 January 2006 (2006-01-25) (France)
Running time
108 minutes
Country France
Language French

Heading South (French: Vers le sud) is a 2005 French drama film by director Laurent Cantet and based on three short stories by Dany Laferrière, it depicts the experiences of three middle-aged white women in the late 1970s, traveling to Haiti for the purposes of sexual tourism with young men. Their adventures (as seen in their eyes) are juxtaposed with class issues and the deteriorating political climate of Haiti at the time. The women demonstrate different attitudes to the complex situation.[1]


Ellen, played by Charlotte Rampling, is a professor of French literature at Wellesley College in Boston, Brenda, a stay-at-home wife from Savannah, Georgia; and Sue, a factory worker from Quebec, Canada, feel lonely and ignored by middle-aged men back at home. They travel to Haiti to enjoy a holiday of sun, surf, and sex with attractive local teenagers to whom they are financially generous.


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