Reaching for the Moon (Flores Raras)
Director: Bruno Barreto
Cast: Gloria Pires, Miranda Otto, Tracy Middendorf
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Language: English, Portugese with English subtitles
Country of Origin: Brazil 2013 118 mins.
Released by PECADILLO PICTURES
'Reaching for the Moon' is a portrait of the extraordinary relationship in the 1950s between the American Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Elizabeth Bishop (Miranda Otto), private and insular and Brazilian architect Lota de Macedo Soares ( Gloria Pires), domineering and adventurous. In search of inspiration, Elizabeth Bishop accepts the invitation of an old college friend to stay with her on her sprawling country estate in Brazil. But she never counted on meeting Lota who became the love of her life.
Their fiery personalities and different cultural backgrounds leads to passion-fuelled debates, but animosity quickly turns to attraction, then desire and love. The movie's a love story.
The lead performances are excellent and Mauro Pinheiro Jnr.'s cinematography captures the beauty of Brazil and the whirl of the 50's Rio party scene but the movie does seem 'Vogue-like'. What drove Elizabeth Bishop in her relentless struggle to create great art? Is this portrait of two exceptional women too conventional? Jealousy, Elizabeth Bishop's alcoholism, Lota's depression and the struggles for artistic perfection led to a destructive dysfunctional relationship.
Two extraordinary women living life outside of 50s society's norms.