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The Heiresses

Las herederas

Introverted Chela discovers it’s never too late in life to begin something new in this exquisite exploration of the older lesbian experience.

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Introverted Chela discovers it’s never too late in life to begin something new in this exquisite exploration of the older lesbian experience.

 

Dir-Scr Marcelo Martinessi
Prod Sebastián Peña Escobar, Marcelo Martinessi
With Ana Brun, Margarita Irún, Ana Ivanova
Paraguay-Uruguay-Germany-Brazil-Norway-France
2018
98min
Certificate 12A
UK Distribution Thunderbird Releasing

The oft-told story of a woman breaking out of her quiet existence and discovering herself is given a unique twist in The Heiresses, a thoughtful and intimate film that resonates long after you’ve left the cinema. We follow timid and scared Chela as she begins to discover her own agency and strength when she’s separated from her partner of 30 years, the outgoing and domineering Chiquita, who has been sent to jail for fraud. At first unable to cope without her, Chela soon finds new purpose, providing a taxi service to local elderly ladies who have no qualms sharing their opinions of how to live life to the fullest. But it’s the feelings that arise when she meets the much younger Angy that finally spurs Chela to change.

Emma Smart





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