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110 Ratings

The Heiresses

Las herederas

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


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

Rather than show, hint, or even prefigure, Martinessi, proving himself skilled at such an approach, instead drops us into his protagonist’s story without any discernible exposition, the first-time feature director citing films like GREY GARDENS, WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE, and THE BITTER TEARS OF PETRA VON KANT as inspiration.
January 25, 2019
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By the end of the film, the audience feels like it knows his heroine at almost precisely the same time she has gotten to know herself. It’s a minor kind of magic.
January 17, 2019
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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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