|Directed by||:||Marcelo Martinessi||Produced bySebastián Peña Escobar||:||Based on||:||Marcelo Martinessi||Starring||:||Ana Brun, Margarita Irun, Ana Ivanova||Production company||:||La Babosa Cine,Pandora Filmproduktion,Mutante Cine.||Country||:||United States|
The Heiresses is a 2019 La Babosa Cine This modest but polished film follows an older woman’s journey of self-discovery as her partner is sent to jail. Set in the Paraguayan capital city of Asunción, Marcelo Martinessi’s The Heiresses opens as the vivacious Chiquita (Margarita Irún) finds out she has been sentenced to prison for unpaid debts. No more information than this is given on her financial history, or indeed her past in general. But while Chiquita is relatively relaxed about the whole ordeal, her more introverted partner Chela (Ana Brun) is fearful for the previously well-to-do couple’s reputation and morose about having to selling her inherited antique furniture and hire a cheaper maid. Things begin to change following a chance encounter with an elderly neighbour (María Martins) leading to Chela – despite no longer having a driving license – becoming the de facto chauffeur for a flock of bridge-playing retirees. Through this side job she then happens to meet the young and sensual Angy (Ana Ivanova) who hangs out with her friends at the bridge club. The internal fireworks Angy instantly sets off within her are clear to see, as Martinessi’s frequent close-ups of Chela’s face make her emotional ups and downs the driving force of The Heiresses. .