Not sexy, just seedy and sad


Last updated at 13:58 07 July 2006

Heading South, set amid the tourist traps of Haiti, is basically a sophisticated, highly civilised cat-fight between two middle-aged white women (Charlotte Rampling and Karen Young).

They're scrapping over the carnal attentions of an attractive young black man less than half their age (Ménothy Cesar).

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Though supposedly set in the Seventies, there are few if any concessions to period detail. The 'police state' element is there in the background, but seemingly outside the women's consciousness. Their self-absorption extends to the screenplay, which concentrates on the white characters' feelings and never engages with the blacks at its centre.

Laurent Cantet's film ends up being not so much a film criticising sexual exploitation as an example of it.

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