NEW YORK, 9 August 2006â€”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 LaferriÃ¨re.
At a beach resort in Duvalierâ€™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 CÃ©sar, 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.