Reaching for the Moon is a movie that explores the art of losing. Set in the beautiful city of Petropolis, Brazil, in the 1950's, the film explores the concept of what it is like to live and to lose.
Based on the true story of the love affair between writer Elizabeth Bishop (Miranda Otto) and architect Lota de Macedo Soares (Gloria Pires), Reaching for the Moon explores the concept of reaching for the moon while knowing that every day you lose something, whether it's time, love or your country.
The film starts with Elizabeth arriving in Brazil as a weak, insecure, and uptight woman. After meeting Lota, who is strong, confident, and carefree, and developing a relationship with her, Elizabeth slowly comes out of her shell. As the movie progresses, Elizabeth becomes stronger and stronger, while Lota becomes weaker and weaker. Following the turmoil of a civil war, a broken relationship, and many broken dreams, Lota dies, and the film ends in the same way it started, with a poem on loss.
What appeals to me the most about this film is that the characters frequently break convention in order to be happy. Elizabeth and Lota live life on their own terms, without being restricted by society's rules. Furthermore, both protagonists pursue their dreams, while refusing to be held back by others. As this film is about finding inspiration wherever you can, and features strong female characters, I'd say it's a must see for feminists, artists of all fields, and anyone with a creative side. While there are a lot of heartbreaking incidents, and raw human emotions, the story is enchanting, and inspiring – above all, it's about reaching for the moon.