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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.
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.
Fresh: Attention is retained by the commendably unhistrionic leads, who convincingly etch the pair's enduring devotion even when passions run dry.
Fresh: The life of American Poet Laureate Elizabeth Bishop furnishes surprisingly vivid emotional material in Reaching for the Moon.
I loved this movie. Excellent storytelling. A little sad at times but amazing. Best lesbian movie I've seen in a while.
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.
A simple inside into a less judgmental society in the 50s! Culture, love, control, feelings…good performances.