On the sun-drenched island of Haiti in the 70s, foreigners idle away their vacations in the palm-fringed paradise of the beach hotels. Brenda, Ellen and Sue, three North American women, converge on the island looking for sex, relaxation and respite from their colorless jobs and marriages.
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Trois excellents portraits de femmes en doute et en fuite, dont celui de Charlotte Rampling lumineuse et rayonnante à souhait, comme souvent à son habitude. A nouveau Laurent Cantet confirme sa bonne place dans le gotha des réalisateurs français...
Charlotte Rampling was the clear star of the show in this, at times, cringe worthy film. Only her monologue rang even relatively true. The dialogue was stilted and overly melodramatic which greatly contrasted the neo realistic execution (non actors held their own).
Direction appeared to be lazy as I constantly allow my eyes to drift to supporting actors at emotionally pivotal moments: they stood around dead eyed...
Yes the women were there for gratification as it were, but there was a deeper psychology beyond raw physical satisfaction, and the actors embodied the roles really well - they thought (and thus we think) that all they wanted was an easy life, but noone could help becoming emotionally attached.. through their relations the film subtly questioned more pertinent political/racial issues too. I really enjoyed this.