MOVIE REVIEW: Heading South 2005
Brenda (Karen Young), a flighty white woman from Savannah, GA, travels to Haiti in search of Legba (Menothy Cesar), the guy who helped her reach first orgasm three years prior, at age 45 (he was 15)! Upon arriving at the beautiful beach resort, she finds him, along with two other White women who have come to Haiti looking for sexual fulfillment. Cool, reserved, yet bitchy Ellen (Charlotte Rampling) is an island veteran and it is clearly understood that Legba is her property. Her commanding presence is a little intimidating to Brenda but it does not deter her from pursuing her dream. Sue (Louise Portal), a plump uncomplicated woman from Montreal has designs on a fellow by the name of Neptune. Brenda has no problem expressing her love and affection for the charismatic Legba but Ellen plays it cool and calm. Legba plays both women like a fiddle, stringing them along to get whatever financial rewards he can get out of them. Ellen’s true colors begin to show when Legba begins to spend more time with Brenda than her. Meanwhile, Mr. Lover Man Legba has problems of his own when he discovers that his true love has been forced to become a mistress for a powerful dictator. He and his friends also fear constant harassment by the local police. Will Brenda snag her chocolate fantasy or will she leave the island empty-handed and heart broken? No more spoilers from me y’all!
This film had me in a quandary. On one hand it was highly upsetting to see poor Black men being taken advantage of by horny old White women, especially the underage ones. The explanation in the film was “the laws of pedophilia are different in Haiti”. WHATEVER, if it’s wrong in one place then it should be wrong universally. You don’t hang your morals up at the door just because you are visiting another country. On the other hand, I actually enjoyed this film. The three female characters spoke in first person to explain what their reasons were for visiting the island. All three women stated they would never date a Black man from the US. I suppose they were attracted to the Magical Mandingo dang-a-lang of a Black man with no shoes on and possessing very little money or education *rolls eyes*. Ellen’s character had me wanting to jump through the screen to whip her ass, what a bitch! I guess that would mean Charlotte Rampling did a fantastic job because I sure did hate her. The Brenda character was just too weak for words. I really wished she would have slapped the wrinkles off Ellen’s face. Beautiful scenery and great shots of Haiti round this film out nicely. The film features full-frontal nudity and strong language. This is a film that should be watched with your very own ADULT Mandingo Warrior.
VERDICT: 3 Soul Claps
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