Reaching for the Moon (2013)

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A chronicle of the tragic love affair between American poet Elizabeth Bishop and Brazilian architect Lota de Macedo Soares.


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  • Miranda Otto and Glória Pires in Reaching for the Moon (2013)
  • Miranda Otto and Glória Pires in Reaching for the Moon (2013)
  • Miranda Otto and Glória Pires in Reaching for the Moon (2013)

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7 January 2014 | Emma_Stewart
9
| Elegant, rapturous throwback to old Hollywood
Reaching for the Moon is the kind of movie everyone hopes for but no one makes: a gay romance where "gay romance" is not the premise. Director Bruno Barreto focuses instead on how Elizabeth Bishop and Lota de Macedo Soares challenged and changed the world and each other in other ways, and that was absolutely the right choice - these women and their story are fascinating and make for top class entertainment.

And it is entertaining. Considering the characters' issues and the story's ending it could have been drab, but the film is always lively and engaging. It flies by. Bishop takes herself very seriously, but Barreto maintains a sense of humor about it and makes fun of her just enough to keep her melodrama under control. An added bonus is that Miranda Otto gets to show off her underrated and underused comedic chops; one particular drunk scene is priceless. Glória Pires is dynamic and fiery as Lota but Otto is the real star, channeling Greta Garbo and Deborah Kerr in a gracefully commanding performance. She doesn't shy away from Bishop's spikiness, but her screen presence is so compelling that as much as we might be frustrated with her character, we can't take our eyes off her. Thanks to her constantly surprising performance, an eclectic ensemble cast, breathtaking visuals, and assured direction, Reaching for the Moon pulses with energy and is a breath of fresh air in an era of stuffy and bland biopics.

Highlights: Shots of Rio de Janeiro that belong on postcards; a performance from Miranda Otto that would have won an Oscar in 1937; the assertion that some things are more important than whether a person is gay

Verdict: Watch this with your parents instead of Blue Is the Warmest Color

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Release Date:

16 August 2013

Language

English, Portuguese


Country of Origin

Brazil

Filming Locations

Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,573 10 November 2013

Gross USA:

$45,502

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,534,391

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