Magazine article New Internationalist

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Magazine article New Internationalist

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Film

Heading South

written and directed by Laurent Cantet

'Welcome to Paradise,' says Ellen to Brenda - the sandy, palm-lined Haitian coast is a welcome summer respite from Boston and her teaching job. It's clean, tranquil and very beautiful - and the local guys are cute, amenable and a dime a dozen. If you're embarrassed about paying them, she says, just buy them things. Brenda is shocked; Ellen, confident and commanding, is straight out. 1970s Boston can only offer her losers and men cheating on their wives. These young men are handsome, grateful and, as Brenda says, gracious.

Ellen is crazy about love. Or sex and love, as she says - she no longer knows if there's a difference. That's why she's there. And why many other European and North American women in their forties and fifties are there. Canadian Sue says everything is different, and everyone is better. She feels like a butterfly, alive and free, yet she thinks she's in love, really in love, with Neptune. …

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