Heading South At 60, Charlotte Rampling — panther-lean, with hooded bedroom eyes and a taste for movie roles that fall through the cracks of convention — still… Heading South At 60, Charlotte Rampling — panther-lean, with hooded bedroom eyes and a taste for movie roles that fall through the cracks of convention — still… 2006-07-07 Unrated PT106M Drama Charlotte Rampling Louise Portal Karen Young Shadow Distribution
Movie Review

Heading South (2006)

MPAA Rating: Unrated
Charlotte Rampling, Heading South | GOOD CHARLOTTE Rampling sizzles in South as a mid-'70s woman looking for love -- well, sex -- in Haiti
GOOD CHARLOTTE Rampling sizzles in South as a mid-'70s woman looking for love -- well, sex -- in Haiti
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Limited Release: Jul 07, 2006; Rated: Unrated; Length: 106 Minutes; Genre: Drama; With: Charlotte Rampling; Distributor: Shadow Distribution

At 60, Charlotte Rampling — panther-lean, with hooded bedroom eyes and a taste for movie roles that fall through the cracks of convention — still emits the siren call of sexuality, the beep-beep of danger; what she demands is a confident director who knows how to rample.

Happily, Laurent Cantet has got the knack in Heading South, a pleasurably unsettling, sunbaked tale of sex and politics set in late-1970s Haiti. The star plays a woman who enjoys — and frankly enjoys paying for — the sexual attentions of young Haitian men in a tropical tourist destination that caters to just such a middle-aged clientele. From the sociologically astute director who made Human Resources and Time Out, it's no surprise that the colonizing ladies (among them an affecting Karen Young from The Sopranos) discover they're not protected from the island's violent undercurrent of racism and poverty. What is surprising is the delicacy with which Rampling and Cantet — himself better known as a chronicler of men — create a character of such potent feminine hunger.

Originally posted Jul 12, 2006 Published in issue #887 Jul 21, 2006 Order article reprints
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