The Heiresses (Las Herederas)


Chela and Chiquita, both descended from wealthy families in Asunción, Paraguay, have been together for over 30 years. But recently their financial situation has worsened and they begin selling off their inherited possessions. But when their debts lead to Chiquita being imprisoned on fraud charges, Chela is forced to face a new reality. Driving for the first time in years, she begins to provide a local taxi service to a group of elderly wealthy ladies. As Chela settles into her new life, she encounters the much younger Angy, forging a fresh and invigorating new connection. Chela finally begins to break out of her shell and engage with the world, embarking on her own personal, intimate revolution.

Critics Views

“A superb first feature from Marcelo Martinessi, this entirely female-driven story is full of gentle wit and playful observations on the crumbling upper echelons of Paraguayan society – there are parallels with early Lucrecia Martel, and with Sebastián Lelio’s exploration of older female sexuality, Gloria.” The Observer

“Martinessi shrewdly combines subtlety, melancholy, satirical observation and candour about sex. The Guardian

“The film exquisitely balances character study with shrewd commentary on the precarious hierarchy of class distinctions, the turbulent persistence of sexual desire and the lingering privileges of Paraguay’s elite. Variety

“Minor-key and subdued to a fault, the drama nonetheless builds emotional involvement by infinitesimal degrees through its acute observation of characters and social context and its ultra-naturalistic performances.” The Hollywood Reporter

Ana Brun: Winner of the  Silver Bear Award at the Berlin Film Festival for Best Actress
Marcelo Martinessi: Nominated for the Golden Bear Award at the Berlin Film Festival for Best Film

Film Rating

 Critics 82% Audience 73%

Rotten Tomatoes
All Critics positive review 96%  All Critics average rating score 79% Audience want to see it 94%

Stockbridge Audience: TBC%

No. of responses:-
Very Poor 

Date: Friday 12 April 2019

Time: 7.30pm

Length: 1hrs 36mins

Genre: Drama

Language: Spanish (English Subtitles)

Director: Marcelo Martinessi

Writer: Marcelo Martinessi

Starring: Ana Brun, Margarita Irun, Ana Ivanova

Rating: 12A
Moderate sex reference, infrequent strong language

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