Heading South Synopsis
Three bitter women (Charlotte Rampling, Karen Young) go to Haiti to have sex with younger men.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
A pleasurably unsettling, sunbaked tale of sex and politics set in late-1970s Haiti.
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TV Guide

By Ken Fox
Director Laurent Cantet's fourth feature abandons the contentious French workplaces of "Human Resources" and "Time Out" for sunnier climes,...
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New York Post

The movie itself is a powerful cocktail of not just sex and love but race, poverty, colonialism and jealousy.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Boasts another formidable and fine-tuned performance from the great Charlotte Rampling.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Laurent Cantet's fascinating, troubling drama has many meanings.
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
The racial and sexual politics of Heading South may trouble some audiences; Cantet is definitely not a moralist in the usual sense.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The film offers something unusual, a tragic spectacle of normal, recognizable and utterly sympathetic people condemning themselves.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Cantet does something that educated, upscale audiences may find exasperating in the extreme: He takes a tinderbox of racial and sexual...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Ray Bennett
Cantet keeps a lid on a story that he could have easily exploited, but he makes his points about beauty, fulfillment, self-indulgence and...
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Among the creepiest adult monologues you'll hear in a regular theater this year comes from Karen Young in Heading South, a well-acted but...
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Rated NR