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4.0 out of 5 stars Look life in the face. Always the years. Always the love. Always the hours..., 20 April 2013
This review is from: The Hours [DVD] (DVD)
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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Initial post: 6 Jun 2014 19:31:23 BDT
That is an excellent review M Gates. I saw this film when it came out and I really liked it. As you say it's not a chick flick type film, one for a giggle, but it is as you say, very recommended.
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