Dave's Rating:


… a weirdly double political meaning.

Who's in It: Charlotte Rampling, Karen Young, Louise Portal, Menothy Cesar

The Basics: It's the late 1970s. Three female tourists head to Haiti to live it up. And by live it up, I mean they go there to lie in the sun and have lots of sex with hot young men. The fact that these guys are poor and jobless and have only hot young male booty calls to offer doesn't concern the leader of the female pack (Rampling). But when one of the others (Young) falls in love with her gigolo, she sets herself up for a series of major problems.

What's the Deal? Was it Ice Cube who said, "Life ain't nothin' but bitches and money"? I think so. And that's really the point of this movie. The ones with the money (i.e., the trio of women) get to buy whatever and whomever they like.

The Other Deal: The sexual desires of older women aren't taken seriously in American movies (this one's French), so the financial transactions of these characters take on a weirdly double political meaning. They're not getting what they want (for free), so they pay. They finally have the power. The men they're paying aren't getting what they want, so they sell. So it's kind of about how one oppressed group exploits another.

Netflix This Guy: Check out director Laurent Cantet's other movies, Human Resources and Time Out, because they're both great and have a common thread in them about The Man making life cruddy for everyone.


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