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  • Summary: Frustrated poet Elizabeth Bishop (Miranda Otto) travels to Brazil and encounters the beguiling architect Lota de Macedo Soares (Glória Pires). Initial hostilities make way for a complicated yet long-lasting love affair that dramatically alters Bishopâ
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 8
  2. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Deborah Young
    Nov 11, 2013
    70
    It would be hard to find two more contrasting actresses than Otto and Pires, but Barreto plays off their differences in culture and personality.
  2. Reviewed by: Guy Lodge
    Nov 11, 2013
    60
    Attention is retained by the commendably unhistrionic leads, who convincingly etch the pair’s enduring devotion even when passions run dry.
  3. Reviewed by: Trevor Johnston
    Apr 15, 2014
    60
    The film never works out how to generate genuine dramatic fire from its material. There are convincing performances and decorative retro detail to admire, but the heart needs to beat just that bit faster – and it doesn’t manage that.
  4. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Nov 8, 2013
    40
    Ms. Otto conveys a double-edged intelligence as the film’s pinched notion of “Elizabeth Bishop in Brazil,” while Ms. Pires strides about, every snap judgment and grand gesture a measure of her appeal. Both are hemmed in by direction and a screenplay that are relentlessly on point (as well as an off-the-shelf score).
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Nov 27, 2013
    40
    Everything ultimately gives way to the stately, simplistic, inevitable pace of by-the-numbers biopics, from some woefully tinny, hit-and-run screenwriting to the usual difficulties surrounding the dramatization of an author's craft.
  6. Reviewed by: Diego Costa
    Nov 7, 2013
    38
    Bruno Barreto's insistence that this pass for a product that Hollywood might have spawned smoothens a journey built on sharp edges.
  7. Reviewed by: Calum Marsh
    Nov 5, 2013
    30
    Poetry refracts life; this film can only reflect it, and tritely at that.

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