Reaching for the Moon

Reaching for the Moon

Reaching for the Moon

Love story, set in 1950s Rio, telling the true story of American poet Elizabeth Bishop (Mirando Otto) and her love affair with the Brazilian architect Lota de Macedo Soares (Glória Pires).

In need of some respite from her Manhattan life and writer's block, Elizabeth heads to Brazil where she meets Mary, an old friend who is staying at Lota’s sprawling estate. Elizabeth is uneasy after learning the two women are lovers, and her sensitivity sees her subjected to Lota’s taunts. Their opposing temperaments and political ideologies, together with Lota’s ongoing connection with Mary, fuel tension, but the pair’s instant attraction eventually blossoms into a full-blown love affair.

2013Rating: M, Offensive language and content that may disturb114 minsBrazilEnglish and Portuguese with English subtitles
BiographyDramaRomance
Director:
Bruno Barreto ('View from the Top', 'Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands', 'Last Stop 174', 'Four Days in September')
Writer:
Matthew ChapmanJulie Sayres
Cast:
Glória PiresMiranda OttoTracy MiddendorfMarcello AiroldiLola KirkeTânia CostaMarianna Mac NivenMarcio EhrlichTreat WilliamsAnna Bella
71%
want to see

Reviews & comments

Visually stunning

The weakness of the plot is sufficiently compensated by the aesthetic beauty of the picture and the soundtrack.

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Intimate, affecting, somewhat lumpily paced biopic.

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

A classy, grown-up drama.

3.0
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The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Barreto assuredly embraces an approach that's counter to much received wisdom about Bishop's life and work. But his film ultimately dooms itself.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

The atrociously sentimental score is an irritant, but the performances are solid.

3.0
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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

An exotic love story becomes an empowering portrait of two highly gifted women who defy social convention.

0
Variety

Variety

press

Intimate, affecting, somewhat lumpily paced biopic.

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

A classy, grown-up drama.

3.0
0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Barreto assuredly embraces an approach that's counter to much received wisdom about Bishop's life and work. But his film ultimately dooms itself.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

The atrociously sentimental score is an irritant, but the performances are solid.

3.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

An exotic love story becomes an empowering portrait of two highly gifted women who defy social convention.

0

Visually stunning

The weakness of the plot is sufficiently compensated by the aesthetic beauty of the picture and the soundtrack.

4.0
0