Reaching for the Moon

Reaching for the Moon

Poster for Reaching for the Moon

Love story, set in 1950s Rio, telling the true story of American poet Elizabeth Bishop (Mirando Otto) and her love affair with the Brazilian architect Lota de Macedo Soares (Glória Pires). More

In need of some respite from her Manhattan life and writer's block, Elizabeth heads to Brazil where she meets Mary, an old friend who is staying at Lota’s sprawling estate. Elizabeth is uneasy after learning the two women are lovers, and her sensitivity sees her subjected to Lota’s taunts. Their opposing temperaments and political ideologies, together with Lota’s ongoing connection with Mary, fuel tension, but the pair’s instant attraction eventually blossoms into a full-blown love affair.

Less
2013Rating: M, Mature themes and coarse language114 minsBrazilEnglish and Portuguese with English subtitles
DramaRomance
Director:
Bruno Barreto ('View from the Top', 'Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands', 'Last Stop 174', 'Four Days in September')
Writer:
Matthew ChapmanJulie Sayres
Cast:
Glória PiresMiranda OttoTracy MiddendorfMarcello AiroldiLola KirkeTânia CostaMarianna Mac NivenMarcio EhrlichTreat WilliamsAnna Bella

Streaming (2 Providers)

Reaching for the Moon | Reviews

67%39 reviews

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

All reviews on Rotten Tomatoes
Variety

Variety

Intimate, affecting, somewhat lumpily paced biopic.

Full review
The New York Times

The New York Times

Barreto assuredly embraces an approach that's counter to much received wisdom about Bishop's life and work. But his film ultimately dooms itself.

Full review
The Guardian

The Guardian

The atrociously sentimental score is an irritant, but the performances are solid.

Full review
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

An exotic love story becomes an empowering portrait of two highly gifted women who defy social convention.

Full review

Reaching for the Moon | Release Details

Reaching for the Moon is available to stream in Australia now on Google Play and Apple TV.