The Hours 2001

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Spanning three eras during one day, this film focuses on three women who are depressed, alienated and searching for love: Virginia Woolf in the 1940s; Laura in 1950s California trapped by a clinging son and adoring husband; and modern day Clarissa, a lesbian, trying to prepare a party of her dying ex-husband.

Starring:
Meryl Streep,Nicole Kidman
Runtime:
1 hour, 49 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Gay, Lesbian & Transgender
Director Stephen Daldry
Starring Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman
Supporting actors Allison Janney, Julianne Moore, John C. Reilly, Claire Danes, Ed Harris, Toni Collette, Jeff Daniels, Stephen Dillane
Studio Miramax
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. Gates on 20 April 2013
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Fantastic acting from all those involed. Despite Kidman receiving her award I thought Streep deserved one too. Ed harris played a fantastic part aswell as Julianne Moore. A great adaptation. Three women mirror the facets of the life of Clarissa Dalloway, heroine of the novel Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf. One life is Mrs. Woolf herself, shown in the depths of despair as she convalesces from one of her crippling bouts with depression in the suburban aridity of Richmond while pining for life in London's Bloomsbury, writing her novel of the exquisite nature of the quotidian. Another is the life of Mrs. Laura Brown, dying a million deaths every day in suburban Los Angeles, raising a son and pregnant again by a good man she doesn't love, as she reads Mrs. Dalloway and ponders escape. Lastly the life of Clarissa Vaughn, whose long unrequited love for Richard Brown, her gay poet/novelist friend, has led her to care for him tenderly in his final years as an AIDS patient. He long ago nicknamed her "Mrs. Dalloway," both for her first name and for her exquisitely self-abnegating strength. Over the course of one day in the life of each woman, everything she knows and feels about her life is sharply refocused; it is made clear to each that, to escape the trap she is in, she must accept change or die in the trap. The ending of the film brings all three strands to their inevitable conclusions, with surprising overlaps. The film and the book are very sad but worth every minute reading and watching. Beautiful direction and the music by Philip Glass is haunting as always. It is not a film for a giggle or excitement. Requires you to sit and listen and it's very recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By WSH on 6 Sept. 2013
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I found this film intellectually stimulating, good to look at and emotionally powerful. The production oozes class, from the casting to the screenplay to the disciplined and measured direction. I haven't read "The Hours" nor "Mrs Dalloway". You don't need to be a Woolf fan to be interested in this material. It is a film you can watch more than once: it reveals more and more with repeated viewings. Much has been said about Nicole Kidman's transformation for the character of Virginia Woolf. Her performance is much more than prosthetics. She is excellent, as is Meryl Streep. I found the 'middle story' of Mrs Brown, played by Juliane Moore, held the whole piece together and the interactions between her and her on-screen young son brought the film to its core themes most effectively. The DVD has many useful extras about the evolution from book to film, the life of Virginia Woolf, and the making of the film, plus a selection of commentaries.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Liam Casey on 26 April 2014
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Although some viewers may find this film depressing or in some way pessimistic (not that that's a bad thing in a work of art), they would be very wrong and would have missed the life affirming undertone of this beautiful film.
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Investing time in this masterpiece will pay handsome dividends. It's always a challenge to bring a masterful piece of writing to celluloid, and rarely does it surpass it's original material. However, on this occasion the result is an astonishing piece of film, grossly overlooked and largely unappreciated at the time. Yes, the material is difficult and challenging, but the result is a haunting, sensory experience that lingers in the mind long after the final credits. Benefiting from a top notch primary and secondary cast, the acting is a marvel to behold with all holding their own. Streep, Kidman and Moore are at the height of their powers here, delivering performances of astonishing complexity and vulnerability. Accompanied by a masterful Philip Glass score, invest two hours and reap the rewards long after...........
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By jcrew on 4 Mar. 2013
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A stunning film. It is a film of feeling rather than of dialogue, the Philip Glass soundtrack is beautiful. The viewer must understand a certain depth of emotion to appreciate the three women's struggles. Meryl Streep is superb as always and Nicole Kidman does an excellent job of playing Virginia Woolf which is unexpected. My favourite film. It's not perfectly correct in its portrayal of Woolf but it also doesn't pretend to be and merely tries to fit her life into an excerpt that accommodates the other characters. Beyond worth a view.
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A great adaptation. Fantastic acting from all those involved. Three women portray / mirror the life of Clarissa Dalloway, heroine of the novel Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf. This movie is a masterpiece & the emotion flows like water and at times is very sad but worth watching every minute. A beautifully crafted piece of art. This movie is very highly recommended.
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I watched this movie because I love the actresses and was very taken by the story I myself suffer with manic depression and I totally identified with all three characters this movie is a powerful emotive journey and made me go on to read the novels of Virginia Woolfe a woman wise beyond her years which I believe made her a tragic character if she had been in these times I think she would of gone on to be a master of loads of great works x
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By Rip on 28 April 2015
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I am finding it hard to get into this although my wife read the book and said it was good. I may give it another go when I feel inclined. I bought it because of the calibre of actors and the awards it had won so hopefully it will live up to its reputation.
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