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4.0 out of 5 stars Look life in the face. Always the years. Always the love. Always the hours...
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Heavy Going
Very well acted as one would expect from these actors but the topic is very depressing.
There is not much humour amongst all the tragedy to lighten the film.
Published 15 months ago by Calico Cat


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Look life in the face. Always the years. Always the love. Always the hours..., 20 April 2013
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M. Gates "Buddy Gorgeous" (Area 51) - See all my reviews
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Substantial fare, 6 Sep 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Really great., 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 14 July 2014
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Great item & price!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Resonated on so many levels, 8 May 2014
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 24 Aug 2013
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How did I miss this first time round? This is one to watch again and keep for future viewings. Joins my all time favourite list.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, 3 Aug 2013
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Nicole Kidman has proved that acting has more dimensions. And Virginia Woolf is a literary icon. Put them together and you get this sublime experience!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sensitive and atmospheric, 11 July 2013
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Wonderful acting and wonderful sensitivity in depicting the lives of these women. Incredible depth and great respect of the original text.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Hours, 12 April 2013
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A stellar cast and wonderful production help to make this movie unmissable.
Add in the great story and the hypnotic Phillip Glass soundtrack and you will wonder
why you didn't see it the first time around. A real gem.
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5.0 out of 5 stars stunning, 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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