The story of how Virginia Woolf’s novel Mrs. Dalloway affects three generations of women all linked by their yearnings and fears. Their stories intertwine, and finally come together in a surprising, transcendent moment of shared recognition.
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"What I want to say is that I owe all the happiness of my life to you. You have been entirely patient with me and incredibly good. Everything is gone from me but the certainty of your goodness. I can't go on spoiling your life any longer. I don't think two people could have been happier that we have been." -Virginia Woolf
Just re-watched this masterpiece. Kidman, Moore and Streep are flawless and seeing how the lives of these three women were connected was beautiful and intriguing until the very end. The final monologue by Kidman/Woolf addressed to her husband Leonard and that whole last scene are unforgettable. Very good supporting cast - Claire Danes, Allison Janney, Ed Harris, Margo Martindale... - and nice soundtrack too.
One of the best screenplays written in the last years. I have read it in its entirety, analysed it with professors and after all this time, I could not find any mistake, any weak moment. It is a film for a lifetime, and beyond the obvious golden performances, affecting score, accurate sets and perfectly paced direction, what keeps me coming back is its alive stream of consciousness that not even time can fade away.
In THE HOURS, director Stephen Daldry did an amazing work. Because after I watched this movie, I thought - the original novel seems unfilmable. THE HOURS is a movie about loss, grief, & struggle of three women in three different timeline. I must admit, Mr. Daldry is a talented director. Because he's able to make a solid storytelling of three women in two hours. I think that's the weakness too, I feel it's too short.