The Heiresses (Las Herederas) Reviews

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January 17, 2019
By the end of the film, the audience feels like it knows his heroine at almost precisely the same time she has gotten to know herself. It's a minor kind of magic.
January 17, 2019
It's a quiet, slow burn but one that stays with you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 16, 2019
It is in the unspoken where The Heiresses is its most powerful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 15, 2019
"The Heiresses" almost subliminally alerts you to complexities of sexuality and status that many films would prefer to simplify. It also draws you into a social milieu that is both highly specific and intuitively accessible.
January 11, 2019
[A] psychologically acute portrait of a relationship that is solid and tender but that has been in a rut for too long...
December 19, 2018
Fortunately, this air of indetermination continues until the end, like a shadow that hides any sign of the body that projects it. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 13, 2018
The Heiresses combines the humor of his sharp social observations with the tenuous restlessness and the reborn sensuality that shakes inside Chela, suspended in a time when everything was easy, even love. [Full Review in Spanish]
December 13, 2018
With a subtle narrative, built around glances, fragmented conversations and small details, [Director Marcelo] Martinessi shows Chela's vagaries... while portraying a social class. [Full review in Spanish]
December 13, 2018
The Heiresses reflects a sincere and eloquent critical look at Paraguayan society. [Full Review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
December 11, 2018
In the details offered by the protagonists, are the small and delicious secrets of this movie. [Full Review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 11, 2018
An uncomfortable film, provocative without low blows, and decidedly fascinating. [Full Review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 12, 2018
This beautifully played-out drama is as much about the emergence of Paraguay after so long under dictatorship as about the middle-aged Chela, now emerging from the literal darkness of her shadowy home. Ana Brun is exceptional as Chela.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 30, 2018
In Ana Brun he's found someone that doesn't merely equal his skill but surpasses it.
October 4, 2018
The film succeeds mostly in Martinessi's direction. His shadowy visual aesthetic compensates for the narrative's shortcomings by evoking an absorbing sense of melancholy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 27, 2018
With his debut film, Marcelo Martinessi paints an impressive image of Paraguay's upper class, trapped in their situation as the characters are in their social roles. [Full review in Spanish]
August 27, 2018
Brun's performance exists mostly in between her sparse bits of dialogue - her facial expressions direct the emotional core of any given scene, while her eyes seem to change color with particular moods.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 24, 2018
It's a film with a small focus but it's intriguing, memorable and very powerful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 14, 2018
Martinessi compassionately and without judgment, looks to coax his country from the safe but darkened doorway of the past, out into the sunshine of the present and the uncertain weather of the future.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
August 14, 2018
Martinessi's frequent close-ups of Chela's face make her emotional ups and downs the driving force of The Heiresses.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 13, 2018
The Heiresses (2018) suggests a lot without announcing it, and without a doubt the character of Chela (Ana Brun) is moved by this mechanism. [Full review in Spanish]
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