A trio of lonely, middle-aged American women finds their growing disillusionment with stateside men leading them to seek emotional comfort and sexual gratification in the arms of young Haitian man in Time Out director Laurent Cantet's emotionally incisive adaptation of Haitian-Canadian author Dany Laferrière's acclaimed short stories. Competing for the attentions of beautiful young Haitian native Legba (Ménothy Cesar) are 55-year-old Wellesley professor Ellen (Charlotte Rampling), sexually frustrated Canadian factory worker Sue (Louise Portal), and fortysomething Georgia blonde Brenda (Karen Young). The Hotel Petite Anse is a haven for older women seeking the companionship of younger men, and doyenne Ellen has come to establish herself as something of the queen bee of the popular island establishment. Despite the constant threat of Baby Doc Duvalier's thuggish henchmen, these lonely women risk their livelihoods to bask under the sun and forget the troubles of their daily lives as the line between exploiter and exploited becomes increasingly blurred. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
This movie powerfully depicts the limited intersection of two worlds--the physically safe world of emotionally and sexually starved affluent first world women and the dangerous world of third world men with limited choices. For the women, the intersection looms large and has an outsized and unrealistic significance in their lives. For the men the intersection is one part of the larger fabric of their lives and holds limited emotional significance, but looms large practically. When tragedy comes to one of the men, the women can only see it in the context of themselves when, in fact, the tragedy occurs outside the intersection of their worlds.