Paraguayan filmmakers Marcelo Martinessi’s The Heiresses arrives on UK DVD today. The film, which premiered in competition at the Berlin International Film Festival, won Best Film and Best Actress.
From Paraguayan writer and director Marcelo Martinessi comes The Heiresses to UK DVD. The film premiered in competition at the Berlin International Film Festival where it triumphed in multiple awards.
The film tells the story of Chela and Chiquita, descendants of wealthy families in Asunción, Paraguay, who have been together for over 30 years. But their financial situation worsens causing them to begin selling off their inherited possessions. Their troubles deepen when Chiquita is imprisoned on fraud charges causing Chela to face a new reality.
Described as a “beautifully played-out drama” by Sarah Cartland in her Caution Spoilers review, the film sees Chela driving for the first time in years, earning money running a local taxi service for a group of elderly wealthy ladies. As she 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.
Cartland says the film “is as much about the emergence of Paraguay after so long under dictatorship as about the middle-aged Chela, now emerging from the literal darkness of her shadowy home.” J.R. Kinnard, of the Seattle Times, said it represented the type of film Hollywood doesn’t tell anymore, “a 50-something woman daring to rekindle her lost spirit of discovery.”
The Heiresses is out on UK DVD from today.