The Heiresses

NR, 98 minutes


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. (2019, Marcelo Martinessi, Paraguay, Spanish with English subtitles, 98 min, NR)

“[A] psychologically acute portrait of a relationship that is solid and tender but that has been in a rut for too long” — Jonathan Romney, Film Comment Magazine

“A finely-crafted, beautifully realized debut that exquisitely balances character study with shrewd commentary on class, desire, and the lingering privileges of Paraguay’s elite” — Jay Weissberg, Variety

“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.” — Scott Tobias, NPR

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