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293 Ratings

The Heiresses

Las herederas

Directed by Marcelo Martinessi
Paraguay, Uruguay, 2018
Drama, LGBTQ+


Chela and Chiquita have been together for over 30 years. They both descend from wealthy families, but recently their financial situation has worsened and they have to sell off their inherited possessions. When Chiquita is imprisoned on fraud charges, Chela is forced to face a new reality.

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The Heiresses Directed by Marcelo Martinessi

Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

2018 | 4 wins including: Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize

San Sebastián International Film Festival

2018 | Horizontes Latinos

Transilvania International Film Festival

2018 | Winner: Transilvania Trophy

Over the course of the film, those routines are shattered and suddenly time starts rushing forward again, bringing with it the unexpected, the painful, the joyful. Emotions never before experienced come surging to the surface. How Martinessi pulls this off—in what is his first feature—is nothing less than extraordinary.
January 16, 2019
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Before you quite have your bearings in the story — just as you are trying to absorb the basic facts about the characters — “The Heiresses” almost subliminally alerts you to complexities of sexuality and status that many films would prefer to simplify.
January 15, 2019
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Through stillness, the smallest arch of an eyebrow and shift of an eye, Brun brilliantly conveys the disorientation of a woman who has always relied on others to service her needs and whims.
August 09, 2018
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