The Hours

The Hours
  • 2003
  • UK
  • 1h 54min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Stephen Daldry
  • Written by: David Hare
  • Cast: Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, Nicole Kidman

'The Hours' takes Virginia Woolf's idea of a 'woman's whole life in a single day' (see 'Mrs Dalloway') and extends it to three women from three different time periods: Woolf herself (played by Kidman) circa 1925, 50s LA housewife Laura Brown (Moore) and present day New York lesbian mother, Clarissa Vaughan (Streep). Using a series of common motifs to move effortlessly from narrative to narrative, it becomes clear that these very different individuals share the feeling they have been living their lives for someone else. Screenwriter David Hare (adapting Michael Cunningham's novel) and Daldry seamlessly blend the stories, and the performances are remarkable. Genuinely moving.

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