In 1951, poet Elizabeth Bishop travels from her native New York to Rio de Janeiro to visit a college friend, Mary. The shy but poised Bishop both antagonises and attracts Mary's flamboyant partner, architect Lota de Macedo Soares, and the two become lovers. Spanning two decades, their volatile relationship unfolds against the physical and political transformation of Brazil. A winning and visually lush film, with incandescent performances from the two stars.
- Bruno Barreto