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Heading South () is a 2005 French-Canadian drama film directed by Laurent Cantet and based on three short stories by Dany Laferrire. 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.


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.


  • Charlotte Rampling as Ellen
  • Karen Young as Brenda
  • Louise Portal as Sue
  • Mnothy Csar as Legba
  • Lys Ambroise as Albert
  • Jackenson Pierre Olmo Diaz as Eddy
  • Wilfried Paul as Neptune
  • Michelet Cassis as Charlie
  • Pierre-Jean Robert as Chico
  • Jean Delinze Salomon as Jrmy
  • Kettline Amy as Denise
  • Daphn Destin as Lossita
  • Guiteau Nestant as Frank
  • Michelet Ulysse as Bob

Awards and nominations

  • Nominated, Golden Lion, 2005 Venice Film Festival
  • Won, Marcello Mastrioanni Award, 2005 Venice Film Festival
  • Won, CinemAvvenire (Cinema For Peace) Award, 2005 Venice Film Festival

See also

  • Female sex tourism
  • Sanky-panky

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