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Hours, The (2002)

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Original Title : Hours, The
Director : Stephen Daldry
Writer : Michael Cunningham (III)
David Hare
Genre : Drama
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Michael Alden , Robert Fox (II) , Mark Huffam , Ian MacNeil (III) , Scott Rudin , Marieke Spencer
Music : Philip Glass
Photography : Seamus McGarvey
MPAA Rating : Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements, some disturbing images and brief language.
IMDB ID : 0274558
Official site : http://www.tf1.fr/cinema/affiche/0,,1011200,00.html
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Starring

Nicole Kidman Virginia Woolf
Julianne Moore Laura Brown
Meryl Streep Clarissa Vaughan
Stephen Dillane Leonard Woolf
Miranda Richardson Vanessa Bell
George Loftus Quentin Bell
Charley Ramm Julian Bell
Charley Ramm Julian Bell
 

Plot

In 1923, Virginia Woolf (Kidman) is starting to write her novel, 'Mrs. Dalloway,' under the care of doctors and family. In 1951, Laura Brown (Moore) is planning for her husband's birthday, but is preoccupied with reading Woolf's novel. In 2001, Clarrisa Vaughn (Streep) 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 mentioned before, as one is writing it, one is reading it, and one is living it.
 

Comments

Three of our finest actresses in their best work to date THE HOURS (2002) **** Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, John C. Reilly, Ed Harris, Jeff Daniels, Allison Janney, Claire Daines, Stephen Dillane, Miranda Richardson, Toni Collette, Jack Rovello.David Hare's brilliant adaptation of the acclaimed novel by Michael Cunningham depicts three interlocking storylines all sharing the one common thread: Virginia Woolf's novel `Mrs. Dalloway' ping-ponging back in forth from 1940's where the suicidal Woolf (Kidman barely recognizable under a prosthetic nose, one of her finest roles to date) is in the midst of composing her work in question, 1950's with depressed homemaker Moore (equally compelling) preparing her loving husband's birthday celebration and contemporary book editor Streep (ditto) organizing a banquet party for her ex-lover and poet (Harris in a memorable performance) dying of AIDS, all three characters are imploding while their world's are spinning (metaphorically) out of control and their very lives' meanings in question to how trivial they truly are/aren't.The sterling assembled cast gives the film merit despite its melodramatic trappings and director Stephen Daldry showcases his three leads to their best strengths and utter vulnerabilities.At points poignantly heartbreaking and wholeheartedly humane.
 
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