Márta Mészáros

The Heiresses


Isabelle Huppert plays a young woman seduced by opportunity in a turbulent world.

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Hungary 1980
Dir Márta Mészáros
With Lili Monori, Isabelle Huppert, Jan Nowicki, Sándor Szabó
Digital 4K
English subtitles

Based on a true story, The Heiresses is the first time Mészáros used a period setting. Isabelle Huppert plays Irène, a quiet Jewish shop girl employed by a rich but sterile woman (Monori) to have a baby for her. In pre-WWII Hungary their plan goes well, but as relationships change and fascism rises, further challenges are in store...