Heading South

Heading South (French: Vers le sud) is a 2005 French-Canadian drama film directed by 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.[2]

Heading South
Film poster
Directed byLaurent Cantet
Produced bySimon Arnal
Caroline Benjo
Screenplay byRobin Campillo
Laurent Cantet
Based onLa Chair du Maître
by Dany Laferrière
StarringCharlotte Rampling
Karen Young
Louise Portal
Ménothy Cesar
CinematographyPierre Milon
Edited byRobin Campillo
Distributed byHaut et Court (France)
Release date
  • September 2005 (2005-09) (Venice)
  • 25 January 2006 (2006-01-25) (France)
Running time
108 minutes
Haitian Creole
Budget€5 million[1]
Box office$2.4 million[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. Ellen and Brenda live for the attention of Legba and it is only after his tragic death that their eyes are finally opened to the callousness of their hedonistic actions, the suffering of the Haitian people and the political climate.


  • Charlotte Rampling as Ellen
  • Karen Young as Brenda
  • Louise Portal as Sue
  • Ménothy César 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 Jérémy
  • Kettline Amy as Denise
  • Daphné Destin as Lossita
  • Guiteau Nestant as Frank
  • Michelet Ulysse as Bob

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