Reaching for the Moon | Review

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I was born in the year Lota de Macedo Soares died, 1967 and thank goodness attitudes towards lesbians have changed since then. Even if you don’t know the story of American poet Elizabeth Bishop and Brazilian architect Lota de Macedo  Soares you’re sort of aware right from the outset this isn’t going to end well. Why ? Well it’s about two incredibly talented lesbians from different cultures who fall in love in the 50s – it’s got tragedy written all over it!!

Reaching for the Moon is a beautiful film. Directed by Brazilian Bruno Baretto and based on the book by Carmem Lucia de Oliveira it is an extraordinary story of two lovers whose tempestuous relationship is tested by an ex girlfriend, alcoholism and mental illness. I thought my home life was complicated but three women and a baby was surely ground breaking for the time! Having said that it does remind you that being gay was almost acceptable in some circles in the 50s and 60s but only if you were wealthy and talented.

The film is a stunning spectacle of amazing Brazilian scenery which is beautifully shot and the three main actresses Miranda Otto, Gloria Pires and Tracy Middendorf  give brilliant performances. I particularly loved Miranda Otto’s aloof, alcoholic fragility even when stealing her best friend’s  girlfriend! I was fascinated by the storyline, two such accomplished ground breaking women who I knew nothing about before. It’s a really good watch.


Eve Knapp

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