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Reaching for the Moon

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Bruno Barreto

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About the Movie

Set in 1950s Brazil, this sumptuous drama recounts Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Elizabeth Bishop (Miranda Otto, “Lord of the Rings”) and her love affair with architect Lota de Macedo Soares, the designer of Rio’s famed Flamengo Park. Initial hostilities between the pair make way for a complicated yet long-lasting love affair that dramatically alters Bishop’s relationship to the world around her. From Oscar-nominated Brazilian director Bruno Barreto (“Four Days in September”), “Reaching for the Moon” is an intimate snapshot of the search for inspiration, wherever and however you find it.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 35
  • Fresh: 23
  • Rotten: 12
  • Average Rating: 5.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: In his 19th feature, Mr. Barreto assuredly embraces an approach that's counter to much received wisdom about Bishop's life and work. But his film ultimately dooms itself. – Nicolas Rapold, New York Times, Nov 7, 2013

Fresh: If Blue Is the Warmest Color is the gloriously messy supernova of this year's lesbian dramas, this is the J. Peterman catalog version: elegant, tasteful, and two-dimensional. – Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly, Mar 31, 2015

Fresh: Attention is retained by the commendably unhistrionic leads, who convincingly etch the pair's enduring devotion even when passions run dry. – Guy Lodge, Variety, Mar 31, 2015

Fresh: The life of American Poet Laureate Elizabeth Bishop furnishes surprisingly vivid emotional material in Reaching for the Moon. – Deborah Young, Hollywood Reporter, Mar 31, 2015

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Customer Reviews

Loved it!!

I loved this movie. Excellent storytelling. A little sad at times but amazing. Best lesbian movie I've seen in a while.

Beautifully moving

Exceptionally filmed, acted, and conveyed. A real portrayal of love, obsession, addiction, possession, and the constant fear of losing everything perfect around you. We always want more things/distractions - sometimes we do it so we want other things less.

Worth it...

A simple inside into a less judgmental society in the 50s! Culture, love, control, feelings…good performances.

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