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thumbnail The Heiresses (2018 Paraguay)

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Director: Matteo Garrone
Starring:  Marcello Fonte, Edoardo Pesce, Nunzia Schiano
Genre:  Drama, crime
Duration:  95 mins

Asunción, Paraguay, 2013. Sixty-somethings Chela and Chiquita have been living together for more than thirty years, their relationship armoured against anything like homophobic complaint by the prerogatives of wealth and class. Times have changed though and with debts mounting the couple begin to sell-off some precious heirlooms to stay afloat. But the financial situation proves untenable and convicted of fraud, Chiquita is sent to prison by a court order. Suddenly, the sheltered Chela must fend for herself. Swallowing her pride, she reluctantly begins working as a chauffeur for the wealthy women of the neighbourhood. The changed circumstances lead her to, perhaps for the first time, contemplate her life and the choices she’s made…

Writer-director Marcelo Martinessi exquisitely balances character study with shrewd commentary on class, desire and privilege to tell an intimate and serenely rewarding story of loss, loyalty and self-determination.

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