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Reaching for the Moon (2013)

Flores Raras (original title)
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 »
9 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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1.85 : 1
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Reaching for the Moon is based on a true story See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Elizabeth Bishop: It's OK. I'm not drunk. I'm just crying in English.
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Nine of the main performers (the first 10) are listed in the credits without the name of their character. Only Treat Williams is credited as his character, Robert Lowell. See more »

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Referenced in Programa do Jô: Episode dated 26 August 2013 (2013) See more »

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Ela é Carioca (She's a Carioca)
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Involving, watchable, grown-up - sound like your kind of movie?
11 November 2013 | by eebyoSee all my reviews

I enjoyed this story of a lengthy midlife love affair, "based on" (that is, "not cemented to the known facts of") real women of some mid-century renown. One, American poet Elizabeth Bishop, is quiet, slow to warm to strangers or share working drafts of her poems. See if Miranda Otto doesn't remind you of Deborah Kerr in her memorable 1940s and '50s roles (and clothes). In Brazil to visit an old college friend, Elizabeth meets Lota de Macedo Soares, a charismatic commander of attention and glamorously trousered architect. They become lovers and make their life in Brazil. All the characters, including a close male friend of Lota's and one of Elizabeth's, are revelations in the best sense: mature but unfinished adults, they meet their circumstances over nearly 20 years in ways not even they might be able to predict. Mark Twain said that fiction is obliged to meet our expectations but the truth isn't. Central Casting can provide "types," but history offers people like nobody else, which is why you'll find discussions here and elsewhere complaining that these lesbians were not put through their proper lesbian plot paces! The drunks were sometimes sober! People got depressed without enough foreshadowing! Ignore all that. This is a good quiet story, mostly but not all sad, about people learning themselves as they go, living genuinely if not always bravely.

And anyone who's ever dreamed of having a writer's sanctuary will fall rapturously in love with the al fresco study Lota builds for Elizabeth. Must be seen to be appreciated!


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