The Films of Márta Mészáros
Screening Dates
  • April 7, 2022 8:30
  • April 10, 2022 6:30
  • April 14, 2022 8:50
New Restoration

The brilliance of a young Isabelle Huppert lends quiet intensity to Márta Mészáros’s piercing period elegy. Budapest, 1936: Szilvia (Lili Monori), a wealthy heiress to an enormous family fortune, befriends Irén (Huppert), a young shopgirl of modest means. Unable to give birth, Szilvia offers Irén money in exchange for conceiving a child with her husband (Jan Nowicki) on her behalf—a transaction that blurs the boundaries of the two women’s social roles and leads all involved into an explosive moral, emotional, and romantic minefield. Set amidst the glimmering decadence of a prewar Europe being consumed by the encroaching rot of Nazism, The Heiresses is a coolly harrowing dissection of class and the cost of motherhood and a haunting vision of lives on a collision course with history.


Film description courtesy Janus Films, New York