About the Film
The setting is a beach resort in late-1970s Haiti, where middle-aged North American women go to be sexually pampered by young black men, rewarding them with economic and quasi-maternal favors. Welcome to Paradise, says the resort’s alpha female Ellen to newcomer Brenda, but it’s clear that this is anything but paradise. Outside the hotel’s artificial bubble, the Duvalier regime is in power, and it can’t be long before Legba, the young man favoured by both Ellen and Brenda, falls afoul of the all-powerful Macoute militia. Charlotte Rampling is the ideal actress to convey liberated carnality, Boston snobbery and racism in a deeply vunerable woman.
Beautifully written, seamlessly directed, with award winning performances. – The New York Times