The Hours (2002)

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Titolo originale: The Hours–>
Genere: Drammatico–>
Durata: 114–>
Nazione: USA, UK–>

  • Stephen Daldry

Scritto da:

  • Michael Cunningham (romanzo)
  • David Hare (sceneggiatura)


  • Michael Alden (produttore associato)
  • Robert Fox (regista)
  • Mark Huffam (produttore esecutivo)
  • Ian MacNeil (produttore associato)
  • Scott Rudin (regista)
  • Marieke Spencer (produttore associato)


  • Philip Glass

Trama del film:

In 1951, Laura Brown, a pregnant housewife, is planning a party for her husband, but she can't stop reading the novel 'Mrs. Dalloway'. Clarissa Vaughn, a modern woman living in present times is throwing a party for her friend Richard, a famous author dying of AIDS. These two stories are simultaneously linked to the work and life of Virginia Woolf, who's writing the novel mentioned before. Written by Jonas Reinartz <[email protected]>

The film concerns three women each suffering from depression. Virginia Woolf is starting to write her book 'Mrs. Dalloway' in 1923 England. She is coming to the realization of her lesbianism and fighting her pure despair of life and headaches. Virginia receives a visit from her sister Vanessa and Vanessa's two sons and daughter. The daughter places a strong influence on Virginia's emotions through the death of a bird. Eventually, Virgnia must face the decision to run away to London, stay with her beloved husband, or move to London where the doctors forbid her to go. Laura Brown, is a mother fearing her ability to be a mother again. She is reading 'Mrs. Dalloway' in 1951 Los Angeles. Laura is trying to throw a wonderful birthday party for her husband. The very pregnant Laura thinks she won't be an adequate mother to her son and current baby on the way in a few months. Laura must make the decision to run away from it all or live miserably with her happy husband. Clarissa Vaughan is a career publisher living in present 2001 New York. Her nickname, given by her poet-friend, Richard, who is dying of AIDS, is Mrs. Dalloway. Clarissa is also throwing a party but for Richard who is receiving an award for his poetry. Like Virginia Woolf, Clarissa is also a lesbian but also wonders if she is in love with Richard with whom she once dated. At the end, the whole plot twists and comes together. The basic theme of the film is wondering if it is better to live your life for your own happiness or others. Written by Leftmidder_2000

In 1923 England, ailing novelist Virginia Woolf is starting to write her novel, 'Mrs. Dalloway', under the care of doctors and family. In 1951 Los Angeles, Laura Brown is a pregnant housewife whom is planning for her husband's birthday, but is preoccupied with reading Woolf's novel. In 2001 New York, Clarrisa Vaughn is a lesbian publisher 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. Written by K. Kaufman

Recuperating from a nervous breakdown, Virginia Woolf begins work on her depression-themed novel "Mrs. Dalloway", which goes on to play a key role not only in her own life but in the lives of a 1950s housewife contemplating suicide and a new-millennium posh lesbian publisher caring for her dying friend. Written by Jojo Mac



1 Comment


    jotix100 said

    February 27 2012 @ 19:27

    The Hours is a great achievement for all of the people involved in this
    project. Credit must go to the director, Stephen Daldry, who pulls all the
    elements together.

    Having admired the text where this film is based, I wondered what would any
    writer do with Michael Cunningham’s book where three lives of three
    different eras intermingle with one another. David Hare treatment of the
    material rings true to the novel in which it’s based.

    The biggest revelation in the film is Nicole Kidman as Virginia Woolf. I
    have been a great admirer of this, up to now, underrated Australian actress,
    right from her beginnings down under. Her approach to the role is very
    subdued, perhaps underplaying, where someone else might try to have gone
    over the top stressing Virginia’s madness. All the praise Ms Kidman has
    received for this film is certainly well deserved.

    The other great performance is Julianne Moore. This actress keeps getting
    better and better with any new appearance on the screen. Her Laura Brown is
    a pathetic figure. She’s a desperate soul trapped in the Los Angeles
    suburbia of the 40s. She has a man, who obviously loves her. She has a son
    who shows all the signs, even then, of what he might ultimately become in
    life. Laura wants to end it all. She just doesn’t belong in that world of
    domestic bliss. Ms Moore gets the right tone in playing Laura. There’s not a
    wrong movement in her approach to this demanding role.

    The third outstanding portrayal is Meryl Streep’s. The sure hand of the
    director is obviously behind her reining the excesses she likes so well.
    This Clarissa Vaughan is in limbo in her own life. Her relationship with the
    younger lover is clearly over, or at least seen better days. Ms Streep gives
    a dignified reading of this character.

    The rest of the cast is brilliant: Miranda Richardson, Tony Colette, Ed
    Harris, John C. Reilly, and little Jack Rovello. They are all on the mark.

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