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The Heiresses Rated 12A

The Heiresses

Dir. Marcelo Martinessi. Paraguay, 2018. 1h 38m. Spanish/subs. Starring Ana Brun, Margarita Irun, Ana Ivanova, Nilda Gonzalez, María Martins, Alicia Guerra.

Two middle-aged descendants of inherited wealth face imprisonment and isolation after spiralling debt leads them towards destitution. A superbly acted and witty female-driven story about the crumbling upper echelons of Paraguayan society. Winner of the Silver Bear for Best Actress at the Berlin Film Festival.

‘The Heiresses is a tickling, near-perfect tragicomedy from Paraguay. The nuances are so fine you could slip them between adjacent atoms.’ ★★★★★ Nigel Andrew, The FT

‘The acting throughout is strong, and Brun is terrific. It's a performance of tragicomic genius that plays out in arched eyebrows and stabbing side-eye swipes at other women.’ ★★★★ Wendy Ide, The Observer