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NEW YORK, 9 August 2006—With Human Resources and Time Out, Laurent Cantet established himself as one of French cinema's leading screen realists and analysts of social discontent. A selection of the Venice and Toronto International Film Festivals, his third feature, Vers le sud (Heading South), is an investigation of sexual tourism based on three stories by the Haitian writer Dany Laferrière. 

At a beach resort in Duvalier’s Haiti in the late 70s, middle-aged North American women such as Ellen (Charlotte Rampling), Brenda (Karen Young), and Sue (Louise Portal) are sexually pampered by young black men in exchange of economic and quasi-maternal favours.  The young man preferred by both Ellen and Sue, Legba (Menothy César, winner of the Marcello Mastroianni prize in Venice for this role) falls foul of the Macoute militia. Cantet and regular co-writer Robin Campillo sensitively but trenchantly look into a complex nexus of sexual and political issues.

In theaters in metropolitan cities in the United States and Canada.

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