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The Hours (DVD)

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The Hours [2002 film] by Stephen Daldry (Director)

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Not knowing anything about the life of Virginia Woolf, I was lost from the beginning with the time shifting narratives. The dialogue was much too slow to keep my interest. The actresses were subdued (fitting the subject matter), and didn't inspire me. ( )
  librisissimo | Jan 27, 2014 |
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Delicate and hypnotic, The Hours interweaves three stories with remarkable skill: in the 1920s Virginia Woolf (Nicole Kidman) grapples with her inner demons and slowly works on her novel Mrs. Dalloway; in 1949 housewife Laura Brown (Julianne Moore) feels her own destructive impulses; and in 1999 book editor Clarissa Vaughn (Meryl Streep)--much like the title character of Woolf's novel--prepares to throw a party, in honor of her dearest friend, a seriously ill poet (Ed Harris). Small details reverberate from story to story as a powerhouse cast (including Allison Janney, Toni Collette, Claire Danes, Jeff Daniels, John C. Reilly, Stephen Dillane, and Miranda Richardson) gives subtle and beautifully modulated performances. In the hands of director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot), The Hours is almost more a piece of music than a story, and like music, it may move you in unexpected ways. --Bret Fetzer

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THE HOURS tells the story of three very different individuals who share the feeling that they have been living their lives for someone else. Virginia Woolf (Kidman) lives in a suburb of London in the 1920's as she struggles to begin writing her first great novel, Mrs. Dalloway, while also attempting to overcome the mental illness that threatens to engulf her. Laura Brown (Moore), a young wife and mother in post-World War II Los Angeles, is just starting to read Mrs. Dalloway, and is so deeply affected by it that she begins to question the life she has chosen for herself. Then, in contemporary New York City, Clarissa Vaughan (Streep) is a modern-day mirror image of Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway as she plans what may be the final party for her friend and former lover, Richard (Harris), who is dying of AIDS.
  glbt_studentservices | Oct 28, 2008 |
The best evocation I have seen of the heart-weighting, inexorable undertow of clinical depression and its too-frequent endzone. ( )
  paulsikora | Dec 2, 2006 |
Absolutely amazing film. So pleased to see Nicole Kidman in this role, she really does a fine jobb. So do the others. ( )
  Words | Nov 19, 2005 |
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Daldry, StephenDirectorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hare, DavidScreenwritermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Boyle, PeterFilm editorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Collette, ToniActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Danes, ClaireActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Daniels, JeffActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Glass, PhilipComposersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Harris, EdActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kidman, NicoleActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Moore, JulianneActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Streep, MerylActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed

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In 1929, Virginia Woolf is starting to write her novel, 'Mrs. Dalloway, ' under the care of doctors and family. In 1951, Laura Brown is planning for her husband's birthday, but is preoccupied with reading Woolf's novel. In 2001, Clarrisa Vaughn is planning an award party for her friend, an author dying of AIDS. Taking place over one day, all three stories are interconnected with the novel: one is writing it, one is reading it, and one is living it.… (more)

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