The Hours

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        • Actors: Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore, Stephen Dillane, Miranda Richardson
        • Directors: Stephen Daldry
        • Writers: David Hare, Michael Cunningham
        • Producers: Ian MacNeil, Marieke Spencer, Mark Huffam, Michael Alden, Robert Fox
        • Format: PAL
        • Language: English

        • Subtitles: English, Italian
        • Region: Region 2 (UK & Europe)
        • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
        • Number of discs: 1
        • Classification: 12
        • Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainm
        • DVD Release Date: 17 Nov 2003
        • Run Time: 114 minutes

          DVD Features:

            Main Language: English
            Available Audio Tracks: Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital 2.0
            Commentary - 1. David Hare - Screenwriter
            2. General Cast
            Featurette - 1. THE MIND & TIMES OF VIRGINIA WOOLF
            4. THREE WOMEN
            5. THE MUSIC OF THE HOURS by Philip Glass
            Theatrical Trailer

        Based on the Pulitzer-prize winning novel by Michael Cunningham, THE HOURS employs Virginia Woolf's classic novel and central character, MRS. DALLOWAY, as its foundation and inspiration. Spanning three different eras, during one day, the film focuses on the parallel lives of three women joined in their depression, alienation, and search for love.

        Nicole Kidman, wearing a prosthetic nose, is virtually unrecognizable as the tortured writer Virginia Woolf whose ongoing battle with mental illness eventually led to her tragic suicide in 1941. The film begins with the moment of her suicide (pictures of Monk's House, her home in the Sussex countryside from where she walked to her death can be found here) and flashes back on her life and work as she crafted her most memorable character, Clarissa Dalloway, in 1923. In 1950's California suburbia another woman, Laura Brown (Julianne Moore), struggles with alienation and depression. Trapped by her clinging young son and an adoring husband whom she does not love, the desperate woman tries to prepare for her husband's birthday but cannot stop reading MRS. DALLOWAY. Finally, in modern day Manhattan, Clarissa Vaughn (Meryl Streep), a lesbian who lives with her lover (Allison Janney) and her daughter (Claire Danes), struggles to prepare a party for her ex-husband (Ed Harris) who is dying of AIDS. Director Stephen Daltry uses beautiful overlapping editing to sew the women's interwoven stories seamlessly together. At the core of this profoundly moving film is the trio of award-winning actresses who grace the screen with their bold and awe-inspiring performances.

        I'm not sure about the prosthetic nose! Heck, you can't take your eyes off it. I'm sure the nose won the Best Actress Oscar and not Kidman. Was the nose absolutely necessary? From pictures of Virginia Woolf I wouldn't say she had a nose like that!

        Seriously though, Kidman nailed the almost sour character of Woolf to a tee. And Miranda Richardson as one of my heroines, Virginia's sister Vanessa Bell, is a joy to see.

        Despite being director Stephen Daldry's follow up to Billy Elliot, much of the initial interest in this drama has focused on Nicole Kidman's prosthetic nose — as renowned English writer Virginia Woolf, she is virtually unrecognisable. The physical transformation she has undertaken for the role is somewhat distracting at the beginning, but as David Hare's magnificent screenplay unfolds, it is the drama's beauty and eloquence that take centre stage. Adapted from Michael Cunningham's complex novel, this poignant exploration of longing, desire and regret interweaves the lives of three women from different eras. Kidman's neurosis-driven Woolf is the most developed and compelling character, but co-stars Julianne Moore and Meryl Streep are also interesting, as a stifled 1950s housewife and a present-day lesbian book editor, respectively. Had Moore and Streep's scenarios been made weightier and less clichéd, the feature would have been a masterpiece. As it stands, it's a sophisticated and deeply poetic triumph that marks out Daldry as a talent to watch.

        Source: Radio Times Film

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