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How soon into a movie or book or anything do you know you'll love it? When I first read The Hours, Michael Cunningham's transcendent riff on Virginia Woolf's "Mrs Dalloway" I knew as soon as Clarissa had entered the flower shop. With the film version I knew even sooner, perhaps having been prepped for the movie by the book but also because of the unfussy simplicity of the kick-off to this glorious triptych. (The Hours isn't always unfussy, of course, but note how the music drops out completely in this absolutely key moment when Virginia finds her first sentence.)
All we're left with is three women, three eras, three great actresses, and three separate temperaments.
Virginia: Mrs Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself.
Laura: Mrs. Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself.
Clarissa: Sally, I think I'll buy the flowers myself.
How utterly perfect and succinct - Art, »
- NATHANIEL R
Nicole Kidman puts in an Oscar-winning performance as author Virginia Woolf in this adaptation of Michael Cunningham's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about the writer and two women who are deeply affected by her work. Drawing parallels with Woolf's Mrs Dalloway, director Stephen Daldry and screenwriter David Hare skilfully dovetail Woolf's tragic story with those of a 1950s housewife (Julianne Moore) and a modern day party hostess (Meryl Streep). All three face issues of sexuality with varying degrees of tragedy, but though the mood is sombre the drama oozes with sensitivity and class. »
2 items from 2013
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