First show: March 02

“Critic’s Pick. Almost subliminally alerts you to complexities of sexuality and status that many films would prefer to simplify…A vivid and affecting character study, anchored in Brun’s remarkably vivid and nuanced performance… The possibility that (Chela’s infatuation) might be reciprocated gives THE HEIRESSES a jolt of erotic possibility and emotional risk… Its clear-sighted sensitivity makes it a satisfying (movie).”
– A.O. Scott, The New York Times

Chela and Chiquita have been partners for decades, lifelong members of Paraguay’s moneyed elite – until the money runs out. Now they spend their days selling their furniture, glassware, and silver to whoever will make them an offer. When Chiquita, the more garrulous and resilient of the two women, is sent to prison, Chela has to cope with loneliness and incipient poverty. Then a new option develops. The movie is anchored by two extraordinary, magnetic performances (Ana Brun as Chela won the Best Actress prize in Berlin) that suggest the untold inner resources of its principal characters. The director credits Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s THE BITTER TEARS OF PETRA VON KANT as an important influence, describing THE HEIRESSES as “a coming-of-age film for a 60-year-old woman.”

Asunción, Paraguay. La relación de pareja entre Chela y Chiquita se está deteriorando. Sobre todo desde que, para enfrentar su difícil situación económica, comenzaron a vender sus bienes heredados. Cuando Chiquita, la más dinámica de las dos, va a la cárcel acusada de fraude, Chela se ve obligada a abandonar la comodidad de su existencia pequeño burguesa y empieza una especie de servicio de taxi, con su propio automóvil principalmente para un grupo de ancianas. Fortuitamente conoce a Angy –hija de una de sus clientas– una mujer más joven y muy extrovertida. Junto con su repentino trabajo, esta nueva relación va a afectar profundamente la vida de Chela provocándole una revolución interna.

Directed by Marcelo Martinessi. Paraguay/Germany/Brazil/Uruguat/France. 2018. 98 min. In Spanish with English subtitles.

Presented by RoxCine. Co-presented by Cine+Más San Francisco Latino Film Festival.


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