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The Heiresses
25 September 2019
  Rating 12

Paraguay/Uraguay/Brazil (2018) 98 minutes
Director: Marcelo Martinessi

An immaculate, entirely female-driven drama, The Heiresses is Martinessi’s debut feature. Both a piercing character study and a commentary on the Paraguayan class structure, it follows Chela and Chiquita who are descended from wealthy families in Asunción, Paraguay. They have been together for over thirty years when their precarious financial situation begins to impact upon their way of life and their relationship. Forced to cope on her own, Chela starts driving for the first time in years, providing a local taxi service to a group of elderly wealthy ladies. Encountering the much younger Angy, they forge a fresh and exhilarating connection. This encourages Chela finally to break out of her shell and embark on a personal revolution in which she engages with the world on new and intimate terms.

Sydney Film Festival 2018 - Winner of the Best Film Award