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Winner of the Audience Award at Frameline37: The San Francisco
International LGBTQ Film Festival, this sumptuous period piece recounts
the mid-life years of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Elizabeth Bishop.
In 1951, the then obscure woman writer decides to take a trip—“the geographic
cure,” her friend Robert “Cal” Lowell (Treat Williams) teases. And so Elizabeth Bishop (Miranda Otto of
The Lord of the Rings film
trilogy) sets sail for Rio de Janeiro and a life-changing relationship
with the wealthy—and very butch—architect Lota de Macedo Soares. Pampered by the extravagant Lota, Elizabeth
writes, wins awards, and is feted by Rio society. But problems lurk:
Elizabeth’s alcoholism, Lota’s difficulties building
Rio’s Flamengo Park, and a government coup.
Director Bruno Barreto beautifully captures the vibrant feel of
design-conscious mid-century Brazil; however, it’s the sharp writing,
smoldering on-screen chemistry, and stellar performances (particularly
by Brazilian telenovela star Glória Pires) that make this lavish
big-screen adaptation of a messy, yet gloriously romantic, relationship
so deeply satisfying.
This educational copy includes Public Performance Rights. For the Home Video version of this film, please visit Wolfe Video