Reaching for the Moon

Reaching for the Moon


Original Title: Flores Raras

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In 1951, New York poet Elizabeth Bishop travels to Rio de Janeiro to visit Mary, a college friend. The shy Elizabeth is overwhelmed by Brazilian sensuality. She is the antithesis to Mary’s dashing partner, architect Lota de Macedo Soares. Mary is jealous, but unconventional Lota is determined to have both women at all costs. This eternal triangle plays out against the backdrop of the military coup of 1964. Bishop’s moving poems are at the core of a film which lushly illustrates a crucial phase in the life of this influential Pulitzer prize-winning poet.

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Drama, History, Romance


1h 58min


Miranda Otto
Elizabeth Bishop
Glória Pires
Lota de Macedo Soares
Treat Williams
Robert Lowell
Marcello Airoldi
Carlos Lacerda
Lola Kirke