Reaching For The Moon (Flores Raras) Sunday, 29 March 2020

Reaching For The Moon (Flores Raras)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Mature themes and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    One art of losing.

  • Starring:

    Glória Pires, Miranda Otto, Tracy Middendorf, Marcello Airoldi, Lola Kirke, Tânia Costa, Marianna Mac Niven, Marcio Ehrlich, Treat Williams

  • Directed by:

    Bruno Barreto

  • Running time:

    118 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12 (UK), NR (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    Suicide (pills). People are slapped, near-hit by a car, hit by an object, dragged, committed to an asylum. Explosion. Play-fighting. Arguing, shouting, screaming. Woman thrown aside by military, military coup mentioned. Blood/gore: Facial swelling.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    A female couple has sex. Kissing (female-female), caressing, flirting, ogling, undressing. Bum-grabbing, thigh-rubbing, groping under skirt, bum-kissing. Topless women, nude back/bum (full nudity implied), shirtless men. Nightwear, swimwear. Infidelity. Sex acts, sexual attraction mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (wine, spirits, champagne, beer). Intoxication. Smoking.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words, sonofab*tch. Slang for bodily fluids/functions, slang for genitals. Religious references and exclamations.

  • THEMES:

    Elizabeth Bishop, Lota de Macedo, Brazil, homosexuality, lesbianism, relationships, alcoholism, addiction, poetry, infidelity, superstitions, allergic reactions, mental health, adoption, jealousy, insecurity, depression, relationship breakups, love triangles.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Suicide, deceased father, mentally ill mother, stroke mentioned. Hospital settings. Cat. Some Portuguese language. Original title is Flores Raras.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Exotic, empowering, vivid, emotional, classy, grown-up, intimate, affecting, nonjudgemental. Saucy/bold/intelligent performances, catchy soundtrack, lush cinematography, decorative retro detail, straight-shot appeal, some beautiful editing, worthy subject.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Shapeless, episodic, blunt, pedestrian, languorous, trite. Lumpy pace, lacks drama, saccharine score, uninspired direction, tinny screenwriting.

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