Flores Raras

December 1st, 2013


Flores Raras

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A chronicle of the tragic love affair between American poet Elizabeth Bishop and Brazilian architect Lota de Macedo Soares.

Release Year: 2013

Rating: 7.3/10 (318 voted)

Critic's Score: 45/100

Director: Bruno Barreto

Stars: Glória Pires, Miranda Otto, Tracy Middendorf

A chronicle of the tragic love affair between American poet Elizabeth Bishop and Brazilian architect Lota de Macedo Soares.

Writers: Matthew Chapman, Julie Sayres

Glória Pires - Lota de Macedo Soares
Miranda Otto - Elizabeth Bishop
Tracy Middendorf - Mary
Marcello Airoldi - Carlos Lacerda
Lola Kirke - Margaret Bennett
Tânia Costa - Dindinha
Marianna Mac Niven - Malu
Marcio Ehrlich - José Eduardo Macedo Soares
Treat Williams - Roberrt Lowell
Anna Bella - Kathleen
Griffin Addison - Boy with Sailboat
Anna Bella Chapman - Kathleen (rumored)
Neil Hellegers - Attendant #1
Chris Hietikko - Principle
Tommy McInnis - Professor #2

Taglines: Two iconic women. One passion.


Official Website: Official Facebook | Official site |

Country: Brazil

Language: English, Portuguese

Release Date: 16 August 2013

Filming Locations: Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Opening Weekend: $14,573 (USA) (8 November 2013)

Gross: $31,664 (USA) (15 November 2013)

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Rating: 8/10

I enjoyed this story of a lengthy midlife love affair, "based on" (that is, "not cemented to the known facts of") real women of some mid-century renown. One, American poet Elizabeth Bishop, is quiet, slow to warm to strangers or share working drafts of her poems. See if Miranda Otto doesn't remind you of Deborah Kerr in her memorable 1940s and '50s roles (and clothes). In Brazil to visit an old college friend, Elizabeth meets Lota de Macedo Soares, a charismatic commander of attention and glamorously trousered architect. They become lovers and make their life in Brazil. All the characters, including a close male friend of Lota's and one of Elizabeth's, are revelations in the best sense: mature but unfinished adults, they meet their circumstances over nearly 20 years in ways not even they might be able to predict. Mark Twain said that fiction is obliged to meet our expectations but the truth isn't. Central Casting can provide "types," but history offers people like nobody else, which is why you'll find discussions here and elsewhere complaining that these lesbians were not put through their proper lesbian plot paces! The drunks were sometimes sober! People got depressed without enough foreshadowing! Ignore all that. This is a good quiet story, mostly but not all sad, about people learning themselves as they go, living genuinely if not always bravely.

And anyone who's ever dreamed of having a writer's sanctuary will fall rapturously in love with the al fresco study Lota builds for Elizabeth. Must be seen to be appreciated!


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