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Flores Raras (2013)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, Romance | 16 August 2013 (Brazil)
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A chronicle of the tragic love affair between American poet Elizabeth Bishop and Brazilian architect Lota de Macedo Soares.

Director:

Bruno Barreto

Writers:

Matthew Chapman (screenplay), Julie Sayres (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
8 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Miranda Otto ... Elizabeth Bishop
Glória Pires ... Lota de Macedo Soares
Tracy Middendorf ... Mary / Elizabeth's friend
Marcello Airoldi Marcello Airoldi ... Carlos Lacerda
Tânia Costa Tânia Costa ... Dindinha
Marianna Mac Niven Marianna Mac Niven ... Malu
Marcio Ehrlich ... José Eduardo Macedo Soares
Lola Kirke ... Margaret Bennett
Luciana Souza Luciana Souza ... Joana
Treat Williams ... Robert Lowell
Anna Bella Anna Bella ... Kathleen
Angelina de Sensi Angelina de Sensi ... Clara 5 years old
Kiria Malheiros Kiria Malheiros ... Clara 8 years old
Bruna Franca Bruna Franca ... Clara 3 years old
Joana Franca Joana Franca ... Clara 3 years old
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Grappling with writer's block, legendary American poet Elizabeth Bishop travels from New York City to Rio de Janeiro in the 1950s to visit her college friend, Mary. Hoping to find inspiration on her sprawling estate, but she winds up with much more - a tempestuous relationship with her bohemian partner, architect Lota de Macedo Soares, that rocks the staid writer to her foundation. Alcoholism, geographical distance and a military coup come between the lovers, but their intimate connection spans decades and forever impacts the life and work of these two extraordinary artists. Written by lament

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Two iconic women. One passion.


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Country:

Brazil

Language:

English | Portuguese

Release Date:

16 August 2013 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Reaching for the Moon See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,573, 8 November 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$43,838, 1 December 2013
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Color (35mm)| Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Four paragraphs appear between the end of the film and the beginning of the credits.

1. "Few women write major poetry. Only four stand with our best men: Emily Dickinson, Marianne Moore, Elizabeth Bishop and Sylvia Plath." - Robert Lowell

2. "I'd rather be called the 'The 16th Poet' with no reference to my sex, than one of 4 women - even if the other three are pretty good." - Elizabeth Bishop

3. Elizabeth Bishop died in 1979 in the United States. She is considered on the most important poets of the English language.

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Luciana Souza's name appears twice in the credits - one in the main cast and later in the list of secondary characters. See more »

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A melodramatic movie about a melodramatic situation
12 June 2014 | by Red-125See all my reviews

The Brazilian movie Flores Raras was shown in the United States with the title Reaching for the Moon (2013). It was directed by Bruno Barreto.

The film is based on the life of the great American poet, Elizabeth Bishop (Miranda Otto). As the movie begins, Elizabeth is traveling in Brazil, and visits the estate of the famous architect Lota de Macedo Soares, played by Glória Pires. Lota is in a lesbian relationship with Bishop's college friend Mary (Tracy Middendorf).

Despite Elizabeth's somewhat proper and restricted outlook, she accepts the love offered by Lota, even though this leaves Mary as the odd woman out. This act struck me as a shabby betrayal of an old friend, but, in the movie, it's treated as true love that makes such betrayal acceptable, if not inevitable.

It doesn't hurt that Lota has an enormous estate, and enormous resources. As an architect, Lota is able to envision and then design a beautiful writer's studio for Elizabeth.

The strong point of the movie is that it presents the writing of poetry as work. Elizabeth doesn't just close her eyes and wait until the poetic muse strikes her. She sits in the studio and pushes and pulls her poetry into shape. She's also not happy when she's interrupted during the creative process. This is the only film I can remember where creating a poem is shown as a process, and a delicate and difficult process at that.

This idyllic existence is disrupted by Brazilian political events, into which Lota plunges. The remainder of the movie is devoted to how these events play out in the lives of Elizabeth and Lota.

I don't know enough about the details of the coup, or of the lives of the film's principals, to know how accurately the film portrays them. This aspect of the movie is highly melodramatic, but the actual events were probably equally melodramatic. Certainly, the film holds your interest as the situation plays itself out to the end.

We saw this movie on the large screen, where it will work better, especially in the scenes set on Lota's estate. However, it will work well enough on the small screen. It's not a great movie, but it's certainly good enough to repay you for finding and watching it.


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