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Reaching for the Moon (2013)
"Flores Raras" (original title)

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A chronicle of the tragic love affair between American poet Elizabeth Bishop and Brazilian architect Lota de Macedo Soares.

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Lota de Macedo Soares
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Mary
Marcello Airoldi ...
Carlos Lacerda
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Margaret Bennett
Tânia Costa ...
Dindinha
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Malu
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José Eduardo Macedo Soares
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Robert Lowell
Anna Bella ...
Kathleen
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Boy with Sailboat
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A chronicle of the tragic love affair between American poet Elizabeth Bishop and Brazilian architect Lota de Macedo Soares.

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Two iconic women. One passion.


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Reaching for the Moon  »

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$14,573 (USA) (8 November 2013)

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$43,838 (USA) (29 November 2013)
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Opening in 1951 but Bobby Vinton singing Blue Velvet was not until 1963. See more »

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Elizabeth Bishop: It's OK. I'm not drunk. I'm just crying in English.
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A deeply moving surprise of a film
22 December 2013 | by (US) – See all my reviews

I was sad to see this deeply moving, complex and intelligent story of the love between the award winning American poet Elizabeth Bishop and Brazilian architect Lota de Macedo Soares. so overlooked by U.S, audiences and critics. There are two outstanding performances by Miranda Otto as the outwardly shy and repressed alcoholic Bishop, and Gloria Pires as her opposite, an extroverted, highly emotional woman who coaxes Bishop out of her shell.

Very nicely photographed, this reminded me of the best of the Merchant-Ivory films. It's not flashy. Indeed there's a quiet to it that is needed to off-set the melodramatic (even if based in truths) elements of these women's lives. But that doesn't keep it from packing a hell of an emotional punch, and in being bold enough to create characters we care for, but who are also deeply troubled and capable of making bad choices – just like in the real world of relationships we rarely see on screen. It was also nice to see a gay-themed love story that both acknowledged how difficult being homosexual was in the 1950s, while not becoming a film about that only. This is a film about a complex relationship between two highly creative and wounded souls who both save and damage each other. The fact that both are women is only a small part of the larger story. It's also one of the only films I've seen capture at least a taste of the struggle and loneliness of the act of writing.

One of those little gems that deserves to be discovered by more people.


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