The Hours

The Hours

Stephen Daldry (2002)

110min
12 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
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.

Summary

Drama exploring how Virginia Woolf's novel Mrs Dalloway affects three women in different eras. In the 1920s, the author battles depression while writing it, and in the 1950s, a pregnant housewife fears she is not cut out to be a mother, while a present-day publisher cares for her dying friend. Drama based on Michael Cunningham's novel, starring Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore and an Oscar-winning Nicole Kidman, with Stephen Dillane and Miranda Richardson.

Cast & Crew

Virginia Woolf Nicole Kidman
Clarissa Vaughan Meryl Streep
Laura Brown Julianne Moore
Leonard Woolf Stephen Dillane
Vanessa Bell Miranda Richardson
Kitty Toni Collette
Dan Brown John C Reilly
Richard Brown Ed Harris
Julia Vaughan Claire Danes
Quentin Bell George Loftus
Louise Waters Jeff Daniels
Director Stephen Daldry
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Buena VistaGuidance: Some swearing. Available on: video and DVD
Drama